Bid a Goodbye to “FACEBOOK”, and Say Hello to “META”
Facebook, having a worth of $1 trillion is now changing its name to Meta. The CEO has announced that the company is rebranding its name to Meta just to focus on creating a “metaverse”.
The biggest giant explains that the metaverse is a shared virtual environment for everyone. It bets will be the successor to the world of mobile internet. With metaverse, the company is aiming to embrace the futuristic virtual reality idea that Facebook lacks.
But the question is whether or not metaverse vision can change the virtual reality dream in the future. Let’s find out:
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What Mark Zuckerberg has to Say about “metaverse”?
Recently, the worldwide notable personality Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that social networking company i.e; Facebook is now known as a metaverse company.
This happens when Mark Zuckerberg appeared on the screen at Facebook’s virtual Connect Conference held on Thursday. At the event, the CEO has displayed a virtual avatar dressed identically (Jeans and a Black long-sleeve shirt) and informed everyone, “this year’s Connect is going to be special. I’m looking forward to sharing our vision for the metaverse.” He also shared the same news on his official Twitter handle on Wednesday.
While addressing the audience at the event, Mark says, “We are a company that builds technology to connect,” Zuckerberg said. “Together, we can finally put people at the center of our technology. And together, we can unlock a massively bigger creator economy.”
“To reflect who we are and what we hope to build,” he added. He said the name Facebook doesn’t fully encompass everything the company does now and is still closely linked to one product. “But over time, I hope we are seen as a metaverse company.”
According to Zuckerberg,
The name change comes as the company faces harsh criticism from the marketers, digital leaders, lawmakers as well as regulators over Facebook’s market power. Also, the company’s algorithm decisions and the policing of abuses on this world’s biggest platform.
To overcome this, the CEO of the company would like to bring a positive change by implementing advanced technologies and methodologies under one single brand i.e; metaverse itself.
He further said that the company’s corporate structure will be the same as before. Privacy and safety need to be incorporated thoughtfully into the metaverse but in moderation, he further explains.
SEE THE FOUNDER’S LETTER, 2021 TO KNOW MORE
We are at the beginning of the next chapter for the internet, and it’s the next chapter for our company too.
In recent decades, technology has given people the power to connect and express themselves more naturally. When I started Facebook, we mostly typed text on websites. When we got phones with cameras, the internet became more visual and mobile. As connections got faster, the video became a richer way to share experiences. We’ve gone from desktop to web to mobile; from text to photos to video. But this isn’t the end of the line.
The next platform will be even more immersive — and embodied internet where you’re in the experience, not just looking at it. We call this the metaverse, and it will touch every product we build.
The defining quality of the metaverse will be a feeling of presence — like you are right there with another person or in another place. Feeling truly present with another person is the ultimate dream of social technology. That is why we are focused on building this.
In the metaverse, you’ll be able to do almost anything you can imagine — get together with friends and family, work, learn, play, shop, create — as well as completely new experiences that don’t really fit how we think about computers or phones today.
What Will Be The Future?
In the future, you will be able to teleport instantly as a hologram to be at the office without a commute, at a concert with friends, or in your parent’s living room to catch up. This will open up more opportunities no matter where you live. You’ll be able to spend more time on what matters to you, cut downtime in traffic, and reduce your carbon footprint.
Think about how many physical things you have today that could just be holograms in the future. Your TV, your perfect work setup with multiple monitors, your board games, and more — instead of physical things assembled in factories, they’ll be holograms designed by creators around the world.
You’ll move across these experiences on different devices — augmented reality glasses to stay present in the physical world, virtual reality to be fully immersed, and phones and computers to jump in from existing platforms. This isn’t about spending more time on screens; it’s about making the time we already spend better.
Our Role and Responsibility
The metaverse will not be created by one company. It will be built by creators and developers making new experiences and digital items that are interoperable and unlock a massively larger creative economy than the one constrained by today’s platforms and their policies.
Our role in this journey is to accelerate the development of the fundamental technologies, social platforms, and creative tools to bring the metaverse to life, and to weave these technologies through our social media apps. We believe the metaverse can enable better social experiences than anything that exists today, and we will dedicate our energy to helping achieve its potential.
As I wrote in our original founder’s letter: “we don’t build services to make money; we make money to build better services.”
This approach has served us well. We’ve built our business to support very large and long-term investments to build better services, and that’s what we plan to do here.
The last five years have been humbling for me and our company in many ways. One of the main lessons I’ve learned is that building products people love aren’t enough.
I’ve gained more appreciation that the internet’s story isn’t straightforward. Every chapter brings new voices and new ideas, but also new challenges, risks, and disruption of established interests. We’ll need to work together, from the beginning, to bring the best possible version of this future to life.
The Company’s Policy
Privacy and safety need to be built into the metaverse from day one. So do open standards and interoperability. This will require not just novel technical work — like supporting crypto and NFT projects in the community — but also new forms of governance. Most of all, we need to help build ecosystems so that more people have a stake in the future and can benefit not just as consumers but as creators.
This period has also been humbling because as big of a company as we are, we’ve also learned what it’s like to build on other platforms. Living under their rules has profoundly shaped my views on the tech industry. I’ve come to believe that the lack of choice for consumers and high fees for developers are stifling innovation and holding back the internet economy.
We’ve tried to take a different approach. We want our services to be accessible to as many people as possible, which means working to make them cost less, not more. The company mobile apps are free. Our ads model is designed to provide businesses with the lowest prices. Our commerce tools are available at cost or with modest fees. As a result, billions of people love our services and hundreds of millions of businesses rely on our tools.
That’s the approach we want to bring to helping to build the metaverse. We plan to sell our devices at cost or subsidized to make them available to more people. We’ll continue supporting side-loading and streaming from PCs so people have a choice, rather than forcing them to use the Quest Store to find apps or reach customers. And we’ll aim to offer developer and creator services with low fees in as many cases as possible so we can maximize the overall creative economy. We’ll need to make sure we don’t lose too much money along the way though.
Our hope is that within the next decade, the metaverse will reach a billion people, host hundreds of billions of dollars of digital commerce, and support jobs for millions of creators and developers.
Who We Are
As we embark on this next chapter, I’ve thought a lot about what this means for our company and our identity.
We’re a company that focuses on connecting people. While most tech companies focus on how people interact with technology, we’ve always focused on building technology so people can interact with each other.
Facebook is one of the most used technology products in the history of the world. It’s an iconic social media brand.
Building social apps will always be important for us, and there’s a lot more to build. But increasingly, it’s not all we do. In our DNA, we build technology to bring people together. The metaverse is the next frontier in connecting people, just like social networking was when we got started.
Right now our brand is so tightly linked to one product that it can’t possibly represent everything we’re doing today, let alone in the future. Over time, I hope we are seen as a metaverse company, and I want to anchor our work and our identity on what we’re building towards.
We just announced that we’re making a fundamental change to our company. We’re now looking at and reporting on our business as two different segments: one for our family of apps and one for our work on future platforms. Our work on the metaverse is not just one of these segments. The metaverse encompasses both social experiences and future technology. As we broaden our vision, it’s time for us to adopt a new brand.
Our Main Motto
To reflect who we are and the future we hope to build, I’m proud to share that our company is now Meta.
Our mission remains the same — it’s still about bringing people together. Our apps and their brands aren’t changing either. We’re still the company that designs technology around people.
But all of our products, including our apps, now share a new vision: to help bring the metaverse to life. And now we have a name that reflects the breadth of what we do.
From now on, we will be metaverse-first, not Facebook-first. That means that over time you won’t need a Facebook account to use our other services. As our new brand starts showing up in our products, I hope people around the world come to know the Meta brand and the future we stand for.
I used to study Classics, and the word “meta” comes from the Greek word meaning “beyond”. For me, it symbolizes that there is always more to build, and there is always a next chapter to the story. Ours is a story that started in a dorm room and grew beyond anything we imagined; into a family of apps that people use to connect with one another, to find their voice, and to start businesses, communities, and movements that have changed the world.
I’m proud of what we’ve built so far, and I’m excited about what comes next — as we move beyond what’s possible today, beyond the constraints of screens, beyond the limits of distance and physics, and towards a future where everyone can be present with each other, create new opportunities and experience new things.
We have built things that have brought people together in new ways. We’ve learned from struggling with difficult social issues and living under closed platforms. Now it is time to take everything we’ve learned and help build the next chapter.
I’m dedicating our energy to this — more than any other company in the world. If this is the future you want to see, I hope you’ll join us. The future is going to be beyond anything we can imagine.
— Mark Zuckerberg
So, What Exactly is Metaverse?
Metaverse is simply bringing the internet to life or possibly in 3D. Zuckerberg defines metaverse as the secure virtual environment where you can go inside rather than just looking at the screen.
Metaverse will everyone the opportunity to meet, work and play together using virtual reality, augmented reality, reality glasses.
The metaverse is the place where both the physical and digital worlds come together to share their experience.
In the next evolution of technology and high-end connectivity, the metaverse will possibly bring everything together. It will allow the digital representation of people like avatars to craft new online space through a metaverse.
In the upcoming years, the metaverse will hopefully touch other aspects of online such as shopping & social media in a seamless, doppelganger universe.
Metaverse is a futuristic technology and an emerging concept that will bring virtual reality to life. In this age of technological revolution, the concept of metaverse will enhance virtual living standards.
Having said that, let us go through the key advantages that metaverse will bring to the table:
- Metaverse will allow potential buyers to get a first-hand experience of buying a product or service. This will allow users to buy everything virtually without leaving the comfort of their room or office.
- It will allow both medical professionals or experts to gather data related to their respective medical fields. After incorporating metaverse, the doctors can able to test their medicine, diagnose health problems, and surgical equipment effortlessly.
- The amalgamation of a metaverse in the gaming industry will offer a richer, and over-the-top experience to worldwide gamers. VR and AR gamers will be able to ditch the borderline between the real world and the virtual world.
Mark Zuckerberg: Going Beyond Just Rebranding via Metaverse
Metaverse will not only impact the digital world but also will benefit the millions of inter users as well. Zuckerberg’s approach to making this glorious terminology work in the world of tech will bring new hope.
From virtually enhanced connectivity to providing an immersive experience to the internet users globally. Hence, the smart idea of metaverse will break away barriers and push the digital boundaries forward.