Facebook is changing the name of the parent company to Meta. CEO Mark Zuckerberg just announced this at a company virtual event. “The Facebook name no longer covers the burden,” he said. A lot of novelties were immediately presented.
At Facebook’s annual Connect event, CEO Mark Zuckerberg presented his company’s plans. These revolve almost exclusively around the metaverse, a kind of digital world in which we can live and work with others from home. Viewers were shown games that you can play with others, as well as examples of workplaces where you seem to be in the same 3D space with your colleagues without actually being there. And it goes even further: the technology behind the metaverse makes it possible to walk around ancient Rome with virtual reality glasses on your face, for example.
Facebook split the company into two divisions specifically for this: one focused on Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram, and the other focused on all that virtual and augmented reality. It should be clear: The Facebook metaverse will be very important in the future. Thus it will also bring new devices to the market, such as augmented reality, glasses and other display devices. They won’t be in the next year or two, Zuckerberg said, “but it’s the most exciting thing we’ve ever worked on.”
But more than those plans, Zuckerberg was eager to hear about the name change of Facebook’s parent company, which has been in the air for some time due to the difficult waters it is currently in. “Facebook wants to connect people from the start,” Zuckerberg said before the announcement. “This should be the ultimate goal of technology: the ability to be with others, wherever you are. The metaverse gives us the opportunity to do that. People can finally be the origin of our technology.”
Zuckerberg said the Facebook name no longer covers the burden. “Our company is so much more than just Facebook.” Thus, the new name of the parent company becomes, unsurprisingly, Meta.