“I have given a lot of thought to who we are as we begin this next chapter. Facebook is one of the most widely used products in the history of the world,” Zuckerberg said Thursday. “It’s an iconic social media brand, but increasingly it doesn’t encompass everything we do.
“Today we’re seen as a social media company,” he added, “but in our DNA, we’re a company that builds technologies to connect people. And the metaverse is the next frontier, just like social media was when we started. “
Zuckerberg, who said he enjoyed studying the classics in school, said the name was inspired by the Greek word meta, which means “beyond.” “To me, it symbolizes that there is always more to build.”
The company also replaced its corporate sign, which featured a “thumbs-up” image outside its headquarters in California, with one boasting its new logo: an infinity blue sign.
Earlier this week, the company announced that it would make Facebook Reality Labs – its division dedicated to augmented and virtual reality services – a separate reporting segment from its social apps. The change is expected to take effect from the fourth trimester.
Zuckerberg kicked off the big product event by teasing a series of new social, gaming, and workplace concepts for the metaverse – and acknowledging the optics of focusing on such products under scrutiny. of the company.
“I know some people will say this is not the time to focus on the future, and I want to recognize that there are important issues to work on in the present. There will always be.” Zuckerberg said. “So for a lot of people, I’m just not sure there will ever be a good time to focus on the future. But I also know that a lot of you feel the same way as I do.”
“We live for what we build,” Zuckerberg added. “And while we make mistakes, we keep learning, building and moving forward.”
Zuckerberg also announced that Messenger Call is coming to VR, plans to tap a virtual marketplace where developers can sell virtual goods and a new home screen in Oculus Quest to make chat and games in the virtual world more social.
“Your devices will no longer be the focal point of your attention,” he said. “We’re starting to see a lot of these technologies come together over the next five or ten years. this one, every day. “
A number of large companies have changed their established brands over the years. Kentucky Fried Chicken shortened its name to KFC, the Japanese car brand Datsun became Nissan. Some high-profile name changes followed scandal or controversy. Philip Morris, the maker of Marlboro, changed its name to Altria, for example, and ValuJet became AirTran after one of its planes crashed in 1996.
Further name changes are intended to reflect the company’s broader ambitions. Snapchat was renamed Snap in 2016 to reflect its foray into hardware, and Google has restructured the company with a new name, Alphabet, and plans to develop a variety of business divisions.