In June, 2021, Mark Zuckerberg, “We will effectively transition from people seeing us as primarily being a social media company to being a metaverse company,” with news to hire hundreds as the company pivots.
So the Oculus acquisition + Portal + Alexa? coming to life in a Fortnite / Roblox / AR/VR sort of environment the defines social media. What do you think??
Some great reads:
- UploadVR and David Heaney, What Exactly is Facebook’s Metaverse Group Building? “The defining quality of the metaverse will be presence,” Facebook Reality Labs’ Andrew Bosworth. “The feeling of really being there with people — and FRL has been focused on building products that deliver presence across digital spaces for years. Today Portal and Oculus can teleport you into a room with another person, regardless of physical distance, or to new virtual worlds and experiences. But to achieve our full vision of the Metaverse, we also need to build the connective tissue between these spaces — so you can remove the limitations of physics and move between them with the same ease as moving from one room in your home to the next.”
- Kif Leswing with CNBC, Facebook creates exec team to work on Mark Zuckerberg’s vision for a digital universe. “Vishal Shah, the executive in charge of product at Instagram, is among those joining Facebook’s new metaverse group.”
- ars Technica’s Tim De Chant poses more consideration of implications, Facebook’s metaverse gambit is a distraction from its deep-seated problems. “Facebook has faced its share of scrutiny in recent months. Lawmakers have been floating antitrust and Section 230 bills that would hit the company hard.” (btw, our take on that: Repealing Section 230 in the United States; Here’s the Implication
Implications are a little mind blowing. Not just the will it work, or should it, but how much it might change. Would love your thoughts.