At the annual Facebook Connect event on October 29, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company is now called Meta. The goal of this huge rebranding was to associate the company not with the social networking platform of the same name but with the metaverse, a virtual world that will combine all available technologies and devices. Plans to change the company’s name were announced last week and were first reported by The Verge.
The company’s rebranding will not affect the name of the social network Facebook and other products. Meta will continue to work on Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp while developing and primarily focusing on the metaverse.
Meta CTO Andrew Bosworth said the move from the Oculus Quest VR headset brand to the Meta Quest and from the Oculus App to the Meta Quest App will begin in 2022. Facebook Reality Labs will revert to the Reality Labs name.
The name Meta should reflect the new direction the company plans to take – creating the so-called metaverse. The main goal of the metaverse is to connect people and help them communicate easily even if they are far away from each other, says Zuckerberg. In a virtual world like this, people will be able to meet each other in the form of avatars, and all real-world content will be displayed as holograms.
Back in July, Zuckerberg announced plans to turn Facebook into a metaverse company. In October, the company said it would hire 10,000 employees in Europe to work on the metaverse.
The rebranding of Facebook also accidentally enriched the owners of another Canadian company with a similar name, Metamaterial.
Metamaterial rose 4.83% after Zuckerberg announced it was changing the name of its holding company from Facebook to Meta. The market capitalization of the Canadian company reached $1.5 billion, and the shares rose 25 percent at their peak.
The founding CEO of Metamaterial, George Palikaras, said on his Twitter: