facebook metaverse name change | The names of the apps that we build—Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp—will remain the same.

facebook metaverse name change
facebook metaverse name change

facebook metaverse announcement

facebook metaverse name change

 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—Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp—will remain the same.

From Mark Zuckerburg on Facebook’s new name… Meta.
“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. We made a film that explores how you might use the metaverse one day.
In this 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 parents' living room to catch up. This will open up more opportunity no matter where you live. You'll be able to spend more time on what matters to you, cut down time 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.”
What could go wrong?
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the end of the world as we know it…
Welcome to The Matrix.

I'm sure by now many of you have heard about Mark Zuckerberg's announcement yesterday that Facebook and its sister apps would now be under the umbrella company, Meta. If you haven't had a chance to see it, take a look at Zuckerberg's concept video of what a "metaverse" could look like. You can view that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9vWShsmE20
Deep breath.
So, here's the deal. I have been a quick adopter of technology even though many of my age-group peers disdain it, or reject it, much to their peril, I might add. I say "peril" because I run in to people who didn't get a message even though I emailed it, put it out on all of our social platforms, and put it in our newsletter. I'm not making (in fact, can not possibly make) a phone call to every person for every announcement when we have these technologies - which can be used so effectively for good - within our easy grasp.
I - and I should add the twenty-something and early-thirty-something generation of our family - are distinctly unnerved by Zuckerberg's vision of his metaverse. Given the dark side of social media as revealed in its ability to spread misinformation (and therefore, most recently a deadly virus) and undermine democracies, how is diving deeper into alternate realities - even if we build them ourselves - going to benefit humankind?
I'm all for VR. Virtual reality is great in gaming, it can be great in art installations (Zuckerberg's vision of virtual street art is something I can get behind), and it can be wonderful in other contexts. But how can we be sure - especially with the profit motive behind it - that Zuckerberg's metaverse won't substitute for actual, 3D reality for those who become as addicted to it as many have to our current "primitive" online social networks? And that the damage wrought will be multiple times worse?
It's a lot to take in. The number of abuses and pitfalls of this technology - unless guardrails are put in place and maybe even if they are - seems infinite.
Here's how I plan to respond:
1) Always keep in the forefront of my mind that our actual, lived, in-our-bodies world is filled with wonder and amazement. I happen to live in one of the most beautiful natural environments on earth and there is no VR experience that's going to come close to experiencing that first hand. But in *any* environment, it is important to take in the realness of it, with every sense you have, coming into contact with it through your own amazing physical presence.
2) Always know that everything we see on our current social platforms and in VR now and in the future are created, perfected, optimized. For example, in Zuckerberg's universe if someone wishes their significant other to be somehow different, do they just make them so every time they look at them? Who are we at that point? Who are the people we love? Are they themselves - loved for their uniqueness and with their flaws - or are they a narcissistic construction of who we want them to be? Or will our entire lives become an optimized construction of what we think we want without the realities that help us form and refine the reality of what we want and who we are? This happens often enough without technology, to be honest.
3) Keep my own communities grounded in reality and safe from excessive dependence on technology. Let's face it, there's no VR for running your hand over a soft, warm, hand dyed fat quarter fresh out of the dryer. There is no VR corollary to the feel of wool pulled through linen, oil paint on canvas, hands in bread dough, or the intoxicating scent of honey and wax when you open a beehive. Or maybe someday there will be...but why? Why would we substitute a digital representation - no matter how good - for the real experiences?
As part of keeping our community grounded, as I've mentioned before, we will be building out an online community on Mighty Networks, away from Facebook, at the beginning of 2022. I will not be abandoning this page because I know some of you will not want to migrate over to Mighty Networks, however, the option will be there. Mighty Networks provides us an independent platform for our rug hooking, fiber art, and homesteading communities where we can also have something akin to Facebook groups, built all within the community, for different topic areas. But it's a place safe from algorithms that keep you from seeing all posts, from advertising targeting something you happened to mention within the "hearing range" of your phone, and a place where hands-on, lived experiences will be celebrated and promoted. It will be a much more comprehensive place to interact online, with no agenda other than to gather people and allow them to enrich one another with their own lived, in real life experiences. We will not be collecting data. We will not be pushing a metaverse.
Stay tuned for more on this as I build out the concept and then the online space. It will not be free. There will be a small monthly fee to participate because I have to pay for the platform and because I will have to admin it, but I am hoping to build something well worth the fee.
It's a beautiful fall day. Get out there in real life.



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