Facebook changed its name to Meta and the Twitter users aren't impressed

Published 29 Oct, 2021 04:28pm

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An online world where people can game, work and communicate using virtual reality? Sounds pretty dystopian to us.

Facebook recently announced that it has changed its company name to Meta and the internet can't stop with the jokes.

The social networking site will continue to be called Facebook but the new name reflects, according to CEO Mark Zuckerbeg, their work investing in the metaverse.

The metaverse is a term coined in the dystopian novel Snow Crash three decades ago and now attracting buzz in Silicon Valley, according to Reuters. It refers broadly to the idea of a shared virtual realm which can be accessed by people using different devices.

“Right now, our brand is so tightly linked to one product that it can't possibly represent everything that we're doing today, let alone in the future,” said Zuckerberg.

But his announcement was met by many jokes and expressions of incredulity. Facebook trying to venture out into an all encompassing online world where people can game, work and communicate in a virtual environment, often with the help of virtual reality headsets? That's about as dystopian as you can get.

Of course, the internet saw the irony.

They made fun of the name itself.

They also didn't want to let Facebook off the hook for its previous transgressions.

The issues remain.

A lot of people didn't actually care.

I mean, they really didn't care.

Sounds fake, said some users.

Some people are just going to call it Facebook.

Some celebs got in on the jokes. We see you Ryan Reynolds.

What do you think of the new name? At the end of the day, does it really make a difference to us though?