The news that the name of Facebook will be changed has received a good response from the users. Many have suggested possible names. They made most of that suggestion by going to rival platform Twitter.
Some people have said that the name should be abbreviated as ‘FB’. Many people refer to Facebook by this name. There is also a demand to make the first name of Facebook ‘The Facebook’. The Verge first broke the news of the name change plan. Another report on the website mentions ‘Horizon’ as a possible name. Facebook has been working to create a virtual reality platform with this name for a long time. Which also coincides with the concept of metavers.
Facebook’s social media service will be available at Metaverse in the virtual world, where users can join and interact with each other like in the real world, maybe even do some things together. It is said that the division between the virtual and the real world will be reduced, which will be possible with the help of augmented and virtual reality technology.
The name ‘Meta’ is also being heard. Many people, including former Facebook official Samid Chakraborty, have suggested the name. Without it, if you enter meta.com, it will take you to the meta.org website. It is the website of an organization working on biomedical research initiated by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The charity was founded by Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan.
The Verge report cites Metavers as the purpose of brand restructuring. In that case, by forming a new mother organization, all the services of the organization including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger can be brought under it. All of Google’s services, such as Alphabet, were taken over in 2015.
Another possible reason for the adoption of the name ‘Meta’ is that Silicon Valley companies prefer the short name. They consider it dignified. Alphabet website address such as ABC.xYZ. And besides, if you use a meta name, people will see it as an acronym for metaverse.
In 2016, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative acquired an organization called Meta. The institute was working on the development of artificial intelligence technology to find research papers. Their website address is meta.org.
According to the report of The Verge, the new name of Facebook will be known by October 28.
why Facebook wants to change the name?
Facebook wants to be known by a new name. The new name will be known next week. The Verge published this news this morning quoting a source directly related to the incident. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is expected to speak at the social media’s annual conference on October 27.
It could be a lot like Google’s rebranding strategy. The search engine giant formed a parent company called Alphabet in 2015 and brought all services under Google. Facebook also follows a similar policy and forms a parent organization called ‘Facebook’. Services including WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram, Oculus and the main social media Facebook app are brought under it.
The British media The Guardian wanted to know the truth and falsehood of the news of the name change of Facebook. In response, a spokesman for the company said, “Facebook does not comment on flying news.” So there is no chance to blow up the flying news.
Why would Facebook want to change the name – let’s go to that context. Metaverse has been mentioned in The Verge report. Facebook’s social media service will then be available in the virtual world, in which users can join and interact with each other like in the real world, maybe even do some things together. It is said that the division between the virtual and the real world will be reduced. Which will be possible with the help of augmented and virtual reality technology.
Restructuring as a Metaverse organization could be one of the reasons Facebook changed its name. But The Guardian says the news comes at a time when Facebook is under intense pressure. Frances Haugen, a former employee of the company, has leaked a lot of internal information to the media. In the US Congress, he has said that Facebook has always focused on profit rather than the welfare of the people, knowing that it is harming children and adolescents, and has not taken action, hindering the democratic process. The influential US daily The Wall Street Journal published a series of reports on Facebook based on Haugen’s leaked information.
Earlier this month, Facebook’s main services were shut down for about six hours. Even the internal communication system of the organization became obsolete. At the time, Haugen told Congress, “Facebook has not been used for more than five hours to create divisions, destroy democracy and create negative perceptions of women about their bodies.”
Facebook may be hoping that with the new name, they will be able to overcome the old notoriety.
Facebook is planning to change the name
Social media Facebook Inc. is planning to change their name. This change may come next week. This initiative is to reorganize itself as a Metaverse company. The Verge reported on Tuesday, citing a source directly involved in the incident.
Every year there is a conference called ‘Connect’ with Facebook employees. The annual conference is scheduled for October 28. Verge reports that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will discuss the name change at the upcoming conference. New names can be known before that.
Metaverse refers to a virtual world. People can connect with this world through internet. This world is a digital combination with reality. Users will feel more alive in this world as they develop through virtual reality or augmented reality.