Since launching 360 video on Facebook in September, we’ve been amazed by all the ways that publishers, video creators and storytellers have been experimenting with this immersive new format.
360 videos let you choose what angle you’d like to watch from, letting you move around and explore the scene from different perspectives. On the web, you can do this by dragging around the video with your cursor, and on mobile devices you do it by dragging with your finger — or even just by turning your device.
As 2015 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to highlight the ten most popular 360 videos shared on Facebook over the past few months. These videos have enabled us to explore stunning new places and experiences — from flying wing-to-wing with the Blue Angels courtesy of USA TODAY to surfing some of the biggest waves in Tahiti with GoPro.
We hope you have fun checking out the list below, and we can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for 360 video on Facebook. To stay up-to-date on some of the newest 360 videos, you can Like the 360 Videos on Facebook Page.
Note: We looked at a combination of interaction factors – including views, likes, comments, clicks – to determine this list. The list is ordered alphabetically.
ABC News took viewers inside North Korea to a celebration for the 70th anniversary of the Worker’s Party.
Apple Daily (Taiwan) shared a stunning time-lapse 360 video showing off the beauty of Taiwan.
BuzzFeed created a 360 video bringing attention to the devastating aftermath of California’s Valley Fire.
GoPro shared a thrilling video showing people what it’s like to catch some big waves in Tahiti.
Mark Zuckerberg shared a time-lapse 360 video of Facebook’s campus.
New Orleans Saints brought fans behind-the-scenes, showing the team’s entrance onto the field during the preseason.
Real Madrid shared a 360 video of the squad taking to the training pitch before El Clásico.
RYOT created a compilation of incredible and beautiful 360 video clips from around the world.
Star Wars debuted an exclusive 360 experience from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, bringing fans inside the beloved Star Wars universe.
USA TODAY enabled viewers to fly in formation with the legendary Blue Angels in an exclusive 360-degree video ride.