Facebook Launches 360 Photos

Today the founder of Facebook announces the launch of a new product called "360 Photos". The service is designed to allow Facebook users tilt photographs and have a feel of the surrounding of the environment that is captured in the image.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made this announcement:

"Today we're starting to roll out 360 photos worldwide across Facebook.

These are similar to 360 videos -- you can tilt your phone and feel like you're actually there. You can also check them out in virtual reality for a fully immersive experience.

The big difference with 360 photos is you can take them with your phone. Just take a panorama or use a 360 camera app, then post it to Facebook and we'll take care of the rest.

This is a 360 photo of Manhattan taken from the top of One World Trade Center by Michael Franz and Jonathan D. Woods for TIME. It's a great shot of a great city."

A service with similar functionality has been earlier released by Google under the Google earth project. The service also allows users of the google earth to view images that can be tilted to view the surrounding.