Yesterday marked (Get it, marked, as in Mark Zuckerberg? I crack myself up) the first day of F8 2017, Facebook’s annual event where developers come together to explore the future of technology at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, and totally not a fan convention for the new Fast and the Furious movie.
During the first day, Mark Zuckerberg and crew talked a lot about not only the Future of Facebook, but the future of technology as a whole, with focus on augmented reality (Sorry, Snapchat) and virtual reality.
More importantly, Facebook gave users a first look at Spaces, a new VR app designed by Facebook that seems like the most unnecessary social media platform I’ve ever seen.
Described as “a new VR app where you hang out with friends in a fun, interactive virtual environment as if you were in the same room,” Spaces makes me wonder why don’t the people in the video above just hang out in the same fucking room?
Sure, the technology is fun, and a VR social media platform is an interesting twist on the concept, but taking selfies in virtual reality? It just looks dumb.
Facebook is a place to brag about all the cool shit you actually did outside in the real world, not in your own bedroom. It’s basically VR Second Life, and no one was really asking for that to come back.
“Facebook Spaces lets you easily phone a friend in the real world with Messenger video calling, so you can bring even more people into your VR space,” sounds a tad bit ironic, don’t you think?
VR is great for immersing yourself into a new world, but if I wanted to chat with a friend, or celebrate a birthday, I’d do that in actual reality.