Why did Facebook Change Its Name to Meta?

It is the month of October 2021. CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, rebrands itself from the previous title of Facebook to Meta. Why did Facebook change its name to meta? Well, this decision was made on the grounds that a new vision is being followed. A time for Facebook, and corresponding companies under the Facebook umbrella, like WhatsApp and Instagram, will be reinvented with a new brand name.

The name Meta was derived from the term Metaverse, which is a standard term in various sundry superhero comic books. Where the Metaverse is a fantastical landscape that manages to incorporate virtual reality into the real world. Giving us the best of both worlds. In his own words, Zuckerberg explained, “The metaverse encompasses both the social experiences and future technology. As we broaden our vision, it’s time for us to adopt a new brand.”

A new brand that plans to take the world forward, hand in hand with the technological advancements we see have grown accustomed to. Zuckerberg’s vision of the future shows us that we can merge both worlds together until they are completely entwined. A future, as we can see clearer than ever, isn’t that far off.

But as things stand, this decision wasn’t an easy one. While Facebook may be a household name, its counterpart Meta is still new and finding its footing in the social media landscape. People identify more with the former to give any thought to the latter. After all, rebranding an already established thing is always a difficult decision. But Mark Zuckerberg was insistent on this change.

Why did Facebook change its name to Meta?

Zuckerberg stated that the decision to change from Facebook to Meta was also a way to show how the online climate has to change in the future. Following the company’s letter, that said;

“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. It is a future that is beyond any one company and that will be made by all of us.”

The bit about moving beyond the constraints of today to what we can accomplish tomorrow.

An ambitious sentiment that lacks its punch. Given the number of controversies that have surrounded the company’s—and mainly its determined CEO’s image these past few years. The people have somewhat lost faith in what Meta has to offer.

There is also the fact that the company has rebranded, not only its name but also its direction.

Yes, the metaverse is in full swing. The company plans to start laying down the groundwork for a digitally real landscape. And if that sounds like an oxymoron, it most certainly is not. Think of your living room becoming a shot from some sci-fi movie with holograms and digital assistants.

With this kind of innovation, we have to ask, is it good for us?

Technological advancements in any way, shape, or form, are a resounding success. But as humans with human and intellectual values, how good will this stale and lifeless imitation of reality be for our sanity?

How can Meta become dangerous?

As things stand, we are already too reliant on the technology that has promised us great ease and convenience. To the point where it has become detrimental to our health. Staying connected 24/7 can become hazardous, as we are all already aware.

If that kind of connectivity manages to break free from its digital constraints and seep over to the real world, will we lose touch with the things that have grounded us? What would the repercussions be of living in that pseudo-reality?

If Facebook’s already tainted history of privacy leaks and mental health-damaging addiction is anything to go by. We should remain cautious of this new change.

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