Your new best friend - 360 Photos on Facebook!

SPINNING your phone around in a circle might make you look like a complete nitwit, but this will soon become the norm for viewing the latest trend in phone technology - and once upon a time even holding a small rectangular device to your ear and talking into it probably made you look like a nitwit...but here we are. 

So let's all embrace our inner nitwit and join the 360-Photo craze!

Lately the Facebook news feed has been taken over by the interactive photos, which instruct you to hold your phone and move it around to view different parts of the photo. 

If you want to upload one yourself there is a list of cameras Facebook officially supports: Ricoh Theta S, Giroptic 360 Cam, Samsung Gear 360, LG 360 Cam, IC Realtech ALLie, 360Fly, and Panono. 

Each of these cameras can capture your entire surroundings in a single shot but come at a steep cost in most instances. 

A really simple and cost effective way to create your own 360 images is to download the Google Street View app - of course! - why wasn't that obvious before, right? Google is all about the 360 panorama viewing of the ENTIRE WORLD. 

Once you've downloaded the app, you simply have to click the plus symbol and select camera - then follow the prompts to take shots of your surroundings. 

*HOT TIP* Landscape shots work best because moving people in the images will cause the panorama shot to distort or even disfigure the people around you. And that might not be the best choice for a family holiday pic...with little Timmy's decapitated arm flung halfway through the photo beside Aunt Gladys' severed head. 

The photo will save onto your phone as a funny looking panorama shot but once you upload it to Facebook you can watch the magic happen and your friends are bound to be impressed! 

Take a whirl with 360 Photos and let us know how they turn out.


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