Facebook Changes Her Name To Meta But What About The Biggest Problems Facebook Faces
Facebook may be changing its names to Meta; however, constructing the metaverse will not solve the most pressing issues it has to face.
As June concluded, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke to his employees about an ambitious new venture. The future of Facebook will go beyond the current plan of creating a collection of connected social apps and a few hardware that supports the apps. In the end, he added, Facebook would strive to create a truly interconnected, maximalist collection of experiences straight from the pages of sci-fi – which is called the metaverse.
On Thursday, during Facebook’s developer conference Mark Zuckerberg outlined his vision for the metaverse. Of course, the details of his vision were missed in the wake of an announcement by the business he started from the confines of his Harvard dorm room that changed the name of its company to Facebook to Meta to clarify its purpose as it expands beyond its social media platforms.
Facebook Changes Her Name To Meta
The divisions focused on creating products for communities and creators, commerce, and virtual reality will increasingly be working to achieve this goal, the CEO stated in a video message to employees. “What I think is most interesting is how these themes will come together into a bigger idea,” Zuckerberg declared. “Our overarching goal across all of these initiatives is to help bring the metaverse to life.”
I’m definitely thinking about the possibility that Facebook has changed its name. But these will need to be awaited. There’s a more significant thread to draw from, which is the one that Zuckerberg has to say about the metaverse and why it’s essential for everyone.
1. “I believe the metaverse is the next chapter for the internet.”
The first step is a brief overview of what it means to be in the metaverse. It’s the concept Mark Zuckerberg means. The term was initially coined from a dystopian story about people who escape from a falling society by entering a “metaverse” where they can meet people and share their experiences. The basic concept is that instead of pulling out an iPhone to text a text message to a friend inviting them to join you in a theatre, you’d slip on the VR glasses to “attend” the movie together online.
This is a vast oversimplification. However, the fact is the fact that metaspace will come in a way or another. If it happens to occur, I’m sure a portion of aspects will prove fascinating. However, I’m not sure if it’ll become a permanent feature of our daily lives, particularly when attaching a computer to your face.
Even if the metaverse turns out to be as exciting as companies claim that they will, I do not think we should be particularly thrilled about the idea of it being developed by Facebook. Facebook is highly profitable as a company. However, this success has come with a significant price.
In the last couple of weeks, it’s more evident than ever before that Facebook is well aware of the costs and is ignoring them in the pursuit of the top line. If you’re not able to manage the platform you’ve already created is likely not the best option to create an extensive one.
In the same way, Zuckerberg said, the metaverse can provide enormous opportunities for individual artists and creators and people who want to live and work away from the urban sprawl of today and those living in areas where the opportunities for education or recreation are limited. A fully realized metaverse may be the closest thing to a functional device for teleportation, he said. Through Facebook’s Oculus division, which manufactures headsets like the Quest headset, Facebook will be working hard to create one.
2-“A future that is only a pair of glasses ….”
At the Connect presentation, Zuckerberg described a future that would allow experience-rich adventures “with just a pair of glasses.” Zuckerberg further elaborated on this idea when he spoke to Ben Thompson of Stratechery:
“I do think that for augmented reality, for example, one of the killer use cases is basically going to be you’re going to have glasses and you’re going to have something like EMG on your wrist, and you’re going to be able to have a message thread going on when you’re in the middle of a meeting or doing something else, and no one else is even going to notice.”
It was interesting to note how Zuckerberg’s “killer use case” of how people connect to the metaverse world is messaging text messages people as they engage in a face-to-face conversation with another person. The metaverse is similar to the internet as a whole, with the exception that it’s not as evident that you’re not looking at the individual who is in your face. I’m not convinced that’s the future we’ve been promised.
I’m most happy about helping people deliver and have a stronger sense of belonging to those they cherish and the people they work with, and where they would like to be. The reality is that these days, with the advent of wireless internet, we have something that many people use from the first moment they get up until they go to sleep. I do not know about you. However, a lot of mornings, I have my phone at my bedside before I wear my glasses to check any messages on my phone that I receive in the night. I also make sure there’s nothing wrong I have to dive into right away upon waking. This is why I don’t think this is solely about being more active online more. I believe it’s about having a more natural engagement.
3. “The dream was to feel present with the people we care about.”
Zuckerberg shared a story of the time still in high school; his ambition was to create products that would help individuals “feel present with the people we care about.” This story is attractive due to two reasons. The primary reason is that “being present” isn’t the equivalent of “feeling present.” I believe the latter is more crucial to creating authentic connections with people you love.
The other is that Facebook and Instagram are built on the idea of separating people from their real-life connections in favor of virtual ones. It is a commonplace for people to sit next to each other at the table, browsing their Facebook News Feed instead of having conversations. If we’ve learned anything about Facebook’s Papers Facebook Papers, it’s that Facebook will do anything to keep people interested as well as spend longer time on Facebook.
“We’re a company that focuses on connecting people,” Zuckerberg declared. “While most other tech companies focus on how people interact with technology, we focus on building technology so people can interact with each other.”
We believe that we’re connected with people since we can see an endless stream of photos of people and places that we recognize as we scroll across our News Feed. We share our photos on Instagram and are rewarded each when the red dot appears to inform us that people have commented or “liked the picture.
4-“Immersive all-day experiences.”
While Zuckerberg was talking about the kind of technology required to allow the metaverse to be functional the way it should, he mentioned projections, holograms, sensors, and processors “to map the world around you.” However, Zuckerberg gave away the game when he explained the motive behind all this technology.
“Immersive, all-day experiences will require a lot of novel technologies.”
While we may be spending a significant amount of our time watching our phones and tablets, we all have some awareness that it’s not the best choice for our physical or mental well-being. However, Zuckerberg’s vision of the future includes people who spend the entire day wearing glasses and interacting with virtual worlds rather than the one in front of them.
5-“This isn’t how we’re meant to use technology.”
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the metaverse is how Zuckerberg believes technology can be utilized. In his speech on the topic, he described it in this manner:
“Here we are in 2021, and all our devices are still built around apps, not people. The experiences we’re allowed to build and use are more tightly controlled than ever. And high taxes on new creative ideas are stifling. This was not the way that we were meant to use technology.”
The basic idea is that Facebook is required to participate in the sandbox of Apple and does not like it. As a result, it’s creating its own, where it decides rules and isn’t informed “sorry, you can’t keep collecting people’s information without asking their permission,” because it’s inconvenient and impacts the overall bottom line.
Zuckerberg indeed has a lot of frustration that there’s a middleman between users and him. Meta is primarily an attempt to create something that isn’t focused on smartphones because Facebook, now referred to as Meta, does not control smartphones. This means that as effective as it’s been, Facebook does not control the course of its destiny. Zuckerberg’s vision for how people utilize technology is just the freedom of Apple’s control of the iPhone.
The metaverse is an idea that spans several companies in all industries. You could think of it as the next generation of that mobile web. It’s not something that one firm is planning to create, and I’m sure the majority of our next chapter is likely to contribute to its development and many other creators, companies, and developers.