LIVE VIDEO, VIRTUAL REALITY AND CHAT BOTS – WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS WEEK’S FACEBOOK’S CONFERENCE
Facebook has now grown to the stage where its conferences are as much of a source of curiosity as fellow California tech company Apple’s.
The social network giant is set do unveil its plans for the future at its F8 conference, which takes place today and tomorrow.
The conference takes place on the day Facebook rolls out the immediately succesful Instant Articles feature to all media outlets.
There aren’t so many surprises in store for the network, so much as more in-depth descriptions as the features that we know are already being developed.
Most daily Facebook users will have seen live videos come up in their feed, but it’s safe to say that the function has yet to be used in a remarkable way by anyone.
Just last week, the site unveiled a raft of new features to live video, including a Periscope style map, where users can see where live feeds are happening all over the world.
Time magazine speculates that F8 may see the announcement of the ability to shoot live videos from higher-quality cameras, instead of just smartphones.
Again, those with just a passing interest in the digital world will know by now that Facebook has been developing Oculus VR, having just released its Rift headset.
Facebook is likely to once again emphasise how indispensable the technology will be in the near future, with numerous workshops scheduled which focus on adapting video to VR technology.
Chat bots are already an active feature on Facebook: You can call an Uber through the Facebook app’s bot and recently Miss Piggy’s account had a bot to chat with fans.
The Palo Alto company is now expected to announce further updates to the technology to allow businesses to create their own bots to communicate with customers by handling queries, processing transactions and creating marketing campaigns.