- Facebook has changed its name to “Meta” in a shift away from social media and towards developing “the metaverse,” a digital world that could be the next generation of the internet. “From now on, we’re going to be metaverse first, not Facebook first,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday.
Facebook Inc. is now called Meta. The company’s rebrand focuses on its visions of building the “metaverse,” a shared virtual environment that it says will be the next big platform.
After the address by its founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, the official page of Facebook now Meta posted:
“Announcing Meta — the Facebook company’s new name. Meta is helping to build the metaverse, a place where we’ll play and connect in 3D. Welcome to the next chapter of social connection.
The names of the apps that we build— Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp will remain same.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg presented a keynote experience stating the company’s vision for Meta and the basic building blocks that will create an ‘embodied internet’ where users are in the experience. Zuckerberg says the metaverse will be the successor to the internet.
Everything will feel more ‘natural and vivid’ and will deliver a deep feeling of presence. The next version of the internet will be built around people he said.
The way users attend online games, meetings, will all be reformed for with a shared sense of space and presence. Users will be able to ‘teleport’ to all kinds of new spaces and whole worlds, where they can feel present, happy and immersive. Instead of looking at a screen, users will be in the experience, Zuckerberg says.
He foretells in the next 5-10 years the metaverse will be just as real as the world itself