Facebook is ready to take its social network to the next level. That’s the message the Silicon Valley giant sent this week at F8, its annual developer conference, which wrapped up yesterday in San Jose, Calif.
The most buzzworthy of the new ventures is Facebook Spaces, a virtual reality app. Instead of simply exchanging messages and media with friends via your traditional Facebook page, Spaces will allow you to hang out with them in a virtual space of your choosing. After creating an avatar based on any of your photos, you can meet and chat with other users.
Maybe you’d like to gather around a picnic table with old friends, or plan a vacation itinerary by “visiting” all the places you’d like to see, or read a bedtime story surrounded by your grandchildren while sitting in a (virtual) enchanted forest.