Facebook Metaverse: Life to Social Media
On 28 Oct 2021, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had officially announced the social media giant rebrand to Meta at the annual Connect conference. It is an exciting new journey for a company that started with a concept of connecting friends and updating regular activities in the University, succeeding to be one of the most used social media in history with over 2.89 billion monthly active users worldwide.
In today’s blog, we are going to share with you some interesting information about the recent announcement regarding meta, metaverse, and how it could change the future of social media.
Metaverse could be a surprising term for people using Facebook as a tool to connect with people, relatives or shop online in the marketplace. However, you might not know, there are over 700 million people already using Facebook augmented reality tools across its family apps.
In addition, the tech giant formerly known as Facebook has been significantly investing in development, research, and testing in virtual reality, including the acquisition of Oculus in 2014 – a division of Meta platform producing VR headsets. which will help people connect and explore in the metaverse.
With all of this background information, Let’s get started with Metaverse.
What exactly is Metaverse?
Imagine a world where you can be anyone, do anything, and go anywhere. Where your physical limits are no longer a problem or a concern. The Internet has been an amazing invention for many people who use it to connect with friends, family, and loved ones all over the world.
But what if we could make it even more real?
We use Facebook – Meta to communicate with our friends and family. The way we communicate could be using messenger to make a call or text each other, posting memories, and more. How about bringing everything to life? Imagine being able to interact with other users in an online environment that mirrors our reality rather than just sending messages!
So, here it is, Metaverse is a set of interconnected digital spaces that blends virtual reality, augmented reality, and video for an all-in-one experience that lets people experience what seems complicated and hard in the physical world. On the other hand, as metaverse expands it will offer a hyper-real alternative space for people to coexist in.
Furthermore, to make the term more simple for everyone to understand, you can assume metaverse as a three-dimensional and multi-sensory digital space where people could not only see things but could experience in virtual space.
For instance, the Horizon Workrooms app – a virtual-reality remote work app for anyone with a Quest 2 headset to hold virtual meetings with their coworkers.
However, Facebook is not the only and first creator of the metaverse. Author Neal Stephenson is credited with coining the term “metaverse” in his science fiction novel “Snow Crash” in 1992 in which he envisioned lifelike avatars meeting in the 3D realistic buildings and another virtual environment.
Simultaneously, Metaverse exists in online games universes such as Fortnite, Minecraft, and Roblox before Facebook and Microsoft both staking claims.
How could Metaverse change social life?
The COVID pandemic has had a major impact on people’s daily lives. From school lessons and office work to physical exercise or doctor’s appointments, more aspects of our social and professional life now occur online as a result of the global crisis that we are currently experiencing with an increased level of threat from coronavirus (COVID).
The fact is that the metaverse will become as real and common as the internet. with the rise of social distancing, people are seeking out new ways to connect, mostly via video chats.
Metaverse could be another way people connect shortly. You can meet, work, and play your favourite games with your colleagues using in the virtual world using VR headsets, smart glasses, and smartphone apps or devices.
Think of, attending your online class in the metaverse. How different could it be than zoom calls or google meet? Interesting right! How about Joining a birthday party on Metaverse? It all sounds like a futuristic sci-fi movie but it is just a matter of time but not impossible. Metaverse has the potential to change social behaviour.
Businesses Adapting Digital Future
With the rising of the metaverse, a business could offer digital goods and services in the virtual space. this could be the next evolution in technology. Adapting the future culture, Recently, Nike just bought a virtual shoe company that makes NFTs and sneakers ‘for the metaverse’.
Undoubtedly, Nike has been a leading athletics sports brand for decades in the real world. The company proclaims “the human development in consciousness has accelerated faster than anticipated. We are here to accelerate our digital future now.”
Maybe shortly, you could own NIKE shoes for your avatar in the metaverse or could probably find a NIKE store.
Metaverse will be a digital space where you can be anyone and interact with each other whether if it is an office meeting or getting together with colleagues. It could make a big impact on digital transformation in social media and the internet. This could be the next evolution for meta where people no longer feel far away. You can socialize, learn and play with others in the 3D interactive spaces, share your interests or hobbies – it’s like real life but way more fun!