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Exclusive: Facebook's plans for Oculus Rift

When Facebook purchased the Oculus Rift last week, a flurry of questioning ensued about how the social network could possibly integrate the virtual reality experience into the platform.

News of a leak was announced this morning and after undertaking our own investigation, we can exclusively reveal the groundbreaking plans that Facebook has in place for this new purchase.

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Enter Facebook “Timeline Travel” – a new feature that will allow users to travel back through their personal timeline when wearing the state-of-the-art goggles.

This revolutionary new component will be launched in September, and through data collected over the last 10 years, will enable users to revisit and relive special moments in their lives that have been documented on their profile pages.

Facebook, which has 1.23 billion active members worldwide, has unveiled similar features in the past. Just a few months ago, in aid of their 10th birthday, the social network offered users a “Look Back” video that highlighted most “liked” statuses and photos, accompanied by an emotive soundtrack.

A spokesperson at Facebook said of their most recent time travel initiative, “We saw how well people reacted to the Look Back videos and this seemed like a natural step forward…or back should I say!”

The benefits of limited data privacy

Using comprehensive data portals that Facebook has utilised to capture the details of our lives over the last 10 years, they now have the ability to transport us back to the treasured scenes we have catalogued on our timeline. They’ve also analysed billions of private messages and posts sent and received on the platform to enable realistic reenactments of those personal moments.

A Lead Physicist at Facebook explains, “We measure the passage of time in seconds, minutes, hours and years, but this doesn’t mean time flows at a constant rate. Just as the water in a river rushes or slows depending on the size of the channel, time flows at different rates in different places. In other words, time is relative.”

“Global positioning Facebook data portals in California mean that they lose an extra third-of-a-billionth of a second daily. That time combined with the number of years Facebook has been collecting our data, slows time down in small measures and allows us to re-visit moments from our past.”

Facebook has always had a checkered past with privacy – perhaps this is the reason why? Their spokesperson later said, “What better way to spend your down time than re-living those infamous nights out at university, getting engaged to the same person twice…hell, why not even wish your son or daughter happy birthday on the day of their actual birth?” The possibilities certainly seem endless.

A costly purchase

In keeping with Mark Zuckerburg’s love of shopping, Facebook has just spent a massive US$2 billion to acquire Oculus, maker of a headset that will facilitate timeline travel and other virtual realities.

The acquisition that was made last week was followed swiftly by numerous theories from technologically impassioned individuals about how exactly Facebook will enable people to communicate and share experiences with this state-of-the-art device. But with the news of this time travel revolution, for now, all bets are off.

April 1, 2014 by Filed in Data, Social Media

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