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October 28, 2021 11:31 AM   Subscribe

 
MeFa subdomain coming here soon, I trust.
posted by Rumple at 11:33 AM on October 28, 2021 [17 favorites]


🙄
posted by kfholy at 11:34 AM on October 28, 2021 [19 favorites]


Meta Facebook... Metaface... Meat face. Yeah, meat face.
posted by BrotherCaine at 11:35 AM on October 28, 2021 [15 favorites]


I shudder to think about how badly calling an entity "meta" is going to pollute search results on so many other subjects.
posted by Your Childhood Pet Rock at 11:35 AM on October 28, 2021 [117 favorites]


Yay, it's the beginning of the end!!!!
posted by tiny frying pan at 11:36 AM on October 28, 2021 [19 favorites]


Maybe this is the answer to our funding woes. CORTEX TAKE THE BUYOUT
posted by Think_Long at 11:36 AM on October 28, 2021 [214 favorites]


ffs
posted by Hey, Zeus! at 11:36 AM on October 28, 2021 [9 favorites]


Surely this
posted by jquinby at 11:37 AM on October 28, 2021 [32 favorites]


Ok...for real though...can someone please explain how his vision of the "Metaverse" is not just Second Life? Because I'm not going to sign up for that.
posted by toastyk at 11:37 AM on October 28, 2021 [40 favorites]


This is going to be every bit as revolutionary and earthshattering as Google changing its name to Alphabet.
posted by Faint of Butt at 11:38 AM on October 28, 2021 [124 favorites]


I’m ready to cash in my MetaFilter stock options.
posted by ColdChef at 11:38 AM on October 28, 2021 [45 favorites]


Ugh
posted by glaucon at 11:38 AM on October 28, 2021 [4 favorites]


Previously
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:38 AM on October 28, 2021 [5 favorites]


My Metafilter is not working. Can anyone tell me how to activate it? ;)
posted by Dr Ew at 11:38 AM on October 28, 2021 [7 favorites]


Yeah if the FB corporate overlords make an offer of $$$ for MetaFilter to rebrand it might be worth thinking about what that brand should be. Just MeFi? Something different?
posted by BrotherCaine at 11:39 AM on October 28, 2021 [14 favorites]


Lawsuit! Get all the IANYLs from AskMeFi to draw up the documents.

The settlement should cover more than a few fundraising targets.
posted by mrjohnmuller at 11:39 AM on October 28, 2021 [30 favorites]


Meta? But I only just met her!

Anyone started the fundraising for the trademark lawsuit?
posted by k3ninho at 11:40 AM on October 28, 2021 [10 favorites]


Will you commit to ending FINSTA?
posted by stevil at 11:40 AM on October 28, 2021 [20 favorites]


Oh my god. Just saw the news and immediately came to the blue.
posted by bunderful at 11:40 AM on October 28, 2021 [59 favorites]


Is there an article here? I see one sentence & then infinity clickbait.
posted by bleep at 11:40 AM on October 28, 2021 [10 favorites]


here, bleep
posted by kfholy at 11:42 AM on October 28, 2021 [5 favorites]


Either we sue them, solving MeFi's financial problems forever, or they sue us (also solving the financial problems forever but in a different way).
posted by EndsOfInvention at 11:43 AM on October 28, 2021 [56 favorites]


I wonder if they will keep the FB stock ticker (like Alphabet did with GOOGL) or if they will try to buy the ticker out from the Metaverse ETF called META.
posted by jedicus at 11:43 AM on October 28, 2021 [4 favorites]


bleep, sounds on brand to me.
posted by evilDoug at 11:44 AM on October 28, 2021 [6 favorites]


So, what Zuck is doing is trying to create the exact same dumbass internet that was portrayed in Futurama. God help us all.
posted by bleep at 11:44 AM on October 28, 2021 [16 favorites]


*pours one out for every fandom meta ever written, hope my searches won't be polluted by this*
posted by cendawanita at 11:44 AM on October 28, 2021 [12 favorites]


Break up the monopolists now
posted by Acey at 11:45 AM on October 28, 2021 [11 favorites]


Ok...for real though...can someone please explain how his vision of the "Metaverse" is not just Second Life? Because I'm not going to sign up for that.
Most things I've seen regarding metaverses these days have essentially been Second Life chained to NFT/Cryptocurrency speculation. Except they never seem to get around to building the Second Life portion and then if falls apart.
posted by Clever User Name at 11:47 AM on October 28, 2021 [27 favorites]


I assume we will be able to manipulate spreadsheets and pie charts simultaneously, yes?
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 11:48 AM on October 28, 2021 [11 favorites]


meta
posted by clavdivs at 11:48 AM on October 28, 2021 [24 favorites]


Ron Artest did it better.
posted by sagc at 11:49 AM on October 28, 2021 [25 favorites]


But how do they pronounce it?
posted by iamkimiam at 11:49 AM on October 28, 2021 [42 favorites]


Apparently they'll start trading under MVRS in December, but otherwise corporate structure remains unchanged (meaning Mark Zuckerberg has a controlling interest in everything still)
posted by TwoWordReview at 11:50 AM on October 28, 2021 [8 favorites]


You got META!
(META! META!)
Right here in River City!
(Right here!)
META with a capital M that rhymes with THEM and that stands for PHLEGM!
(That stands for Phlegm!)
posted by jquinby at 11:52 AM on October 28, 2021 [36 favorites]


Metafilter: I’m ready to cash in
posted by They sucked his brains out! at 11:53 AM on October 28, 2021 [15 favorites]


Proposal to officially change the name of this site to Mefi and abandon the term "Metafilter" forever?

(I mean, of course not really, but also... kinda)
posted by chrominance at 11:53 AM on October 28, 2021 [7 favorites]






Sean Parker: Drop the "Facebook." Just "The." It's cleaner.
posted by Phssthpok at 11:57 AM on October 28, 2021 [26 favorites]




Meta: Filter
posted by Kattullus at 11:57 AM on October 28, 2021 [14 favorites]


Actively thinking through a Phishing Campaign we could use for fundraising…..(click here to update your FB details and payment options on the new Meta gateway). Just one last big score and we’ll be done…..I swear…….it’ll be easy street from there on out
posted by inflatablekiwi at 11:58 AM on October 28, 2021 [22 favorites]


Petition to keep the name of the site but only allow news and commentary on the Zuckerberg Meraverse.
posted by muddgirl at 11:58 AM on October 28, 2021 [5 favorites]


Yeah if the FB corporate overlords make an offer of $$$ for MetaFilter to rebrand it might be worth thinking about what that brand should be. Just MeFi? Something different?

I hear Tronc is available
posted by Kabanos at 12:00 PM on October 28, 2021 [18 favorites]


Make Everything Terrible Again
posted by schoolgirl report at 12:02 PM on October 28, 2021 [59 favorites]


I predict a merger: the Meta Alphabet.
'Intelligent communication' will be an oxymoron.
posted by fregoli at 12:03 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


Mod note: MORE LIKE JERK FUCKERBERG
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:04 PM on October 28, 2021 [406 favorites]


ok we definitely live in a simulation
posted by changeling at 12:05 PM on October 28, 2021 [5 favorites]


is this something i'd have to be on facebook metafilter to care about?
posted by 20 year lurk at 12:07 PM on October 28, 2021 [7 favorites]


Ok...for real though...can someone please explain how his vision of the "Metaverse" is not just Second Life?

It's on the blockchain.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 12:07 PM on October 28, 2021 [15 favorites]


Xe.
posted by Scattercat at 12:10 PM on October 28, 2021 [8 favorites]


Serious question: what’s a Meta for?
posted by Ten Cold Hot Dogs at 12:10 PM on October 28, 2021 [11 favorites]


I made the mistake of clicking on the announcement “keynote” with Zuckerberg. Needs a trigger warning for smugness and bullshit. Project Nazaré - I mean come on - Apple did Mavericks so you had to do a surfing spot as well? Why to innovate from day one dude….
posted by inflatablekiwi at 12:11 PM on October 28, 2021 [4 favorites]


If you want a picture of the future, imagine SEO, stamping on a weblog's face--forever.
posted by Room 101 at 12:12 PM on October 28, 2021 [30 favorites]


Welcome new users!
posted by Going To Maine at 12:12 PM on October 28, 2021 [56 favorites]


I mean....if Zuckerberg tries to sue us for the name, we can win because we can prove we've been using this name way longer, right?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:13 PM on October 28, 2021 [13 favorites]


If you want a picture of the future, imagine SEO, stamping on a weblog's face--forever.

Emacs users are setting themselves on fire in the street in protest.
posted by Your Childhood Pet Rock at 12:13 PM on October 28, 2021 [19 favorites]


Meta what??? Ooh, them's fighting words.
posted by Gray Duck at 12:13 PM on October 28, 2021 [3 favorites]


Has FB paid off Stephenson?
posted by snuffleupagus at 12:13 PM on October 28, 2021 [14 favorites]


I cannot imagine anything simultaneously less interesting and more toxic than the answer to the question, "What if Second Life, but Zuckerberg."
posted by mhoye at 12:14 PM on October 28, 2021 [25 favorites]


Serious question: what’s a Meta for?

grazing
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 12:15 PM on October 28, 2021 [6 favorites]


MetaFilter: FilterMeta
posted by furtive at 12:15 PM on October 28, 2021 [6 favorites]


OMG they're trying to harvest mathowie!
posted by maudlin at 12:16 PM on October 28, 2021 [22 favorites]


I am very disappointed. I put all my money down on "Zuck's Propaganda Hut" for the new name. It was a long shot but I thought some nation in the world might have truth in advertising laws.
Still, it will always be Zuck's Propaganda Hut to me.
posted by Lazy Buffalo at 12:17 PM on October 28, 2021 [11 favorites]


This is some bullshit.
posted by bondcliff at 12:18 PM on October 28, 2021 [5 favorites]


A metaverse-focused fund, the Roundhill Ball Metaverse ETF, already started trading on the New York Stock Exchange using the ticker symbol META earlier this year, which may have forced Facebook to choose MVRS instead.

lol they missed the META stock ticker by less than a year. Wonder how long this was planned
posted by little onion at 12:19 PM on October 28, 2021 [8 favorites]


My license plate is META (has been for 20 years) and now maybe I gotta change that.
posted by dmd at 12:20 PM on October 28, 2021 [20 favorites]


.
posted by valkane at 12:21 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


I’ll chip in to help pay for the inevitable IP lawyers!
posted by TedW at 12:21 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


So well executed that www.meta.com redirects to about.facebook.com.
posted by emelenjr at 12:21 PM on October 28, 2021 [4 favorites]


Just figured out how we’re going to get more users!
posted by thejoshu at 12:22 PM on October 28, 2021 [11 favorites]


The video is creepy - he looks more android than human.
posted by COD at 12:22 PM on October 28, 2021 [5 favorites]


So, another big buzzword in all this cryptoponzi nonsense is "Decentralized Finance", or "DeFi".
Facebook-nee-Meta has been building up to getting into the cryptocoin space themselves.

So here's me predicting that they'll try and strike out for Metaverse-based-decentralized-finance.
And it'll be called... "MeFi"
posted by CrystalDave at 12:22 PM on October 28, 2021 [23 favorites]


Won't someone think of the similarly-named legal weed stores!
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 12:23 PM on October 28, 2021


MetaFilter: It's betta than Meta
posted by inflatablekiwi at 12:23 PM on October 28, 2021 [23 favorites]


I for one look forward to FaceFilter
posted by Zarkonnen at 12:24 PM on October 28, 2021 [8 favorites]


Anyone remember those diet chocolate candies named Ayds? Sigh
posted by Melismata at 12:24 PM on October 28, 2021 [13 favorites]


I thought they'd go for something earlier in the alphabet. Zuckerberg's name is so late in the alphabet that you think he'd be aware how much it zucks to be at the end of alphabetical lists.
posted by madcaptenor at 12:25 PM on October 28, 2021 [4 favorites]


I just told my FormerBook friends Zuck’s trying to rip this site off. Have already gotten a couple 😮 s. I was asleep and just checked in. So only just saw the news of this.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 12:27 PM on October 28, 2021


On the bright side, we can ditch the silly FAANG acronym in favor of MANGA.
posted by tonycpsu at 12:27 PM on October 28, 2021 [71 favorites]


Facebook renames itself Meta

Meta is one of the strangest companies I've seen in some time. I have no idea how these scammers got their website wedged into our domain, or why.
posted by New Frontier at 12:33 PM on October 28, 2021 [105 favorites]


The original link goes to maybe the most redundantly written article I've ever seen:

Upper-left corner: "Breaking: Facebook announces it is changing company name to Meta"

Headline: "Facebook renames itself Meta to emphasize its ‘metaverse’ vision"

Subheader: "Facebook renames itself Meta to emphasize its ‘metaverse’ vision"

Article: "Menlo Park, Calif: Facebook renames itself Meta to emphasize its ‘metaverse’ vision."


And that's listed as a "1 minute read"?
posted by Saxon Kane at 12:33 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


what a bother for nothing
posted by zenon at 12:34 PM on October 28, 2021


It's an evolved metaphor. A "metafive", if you will.
posted by Groundhog Week at 12:36 PM on October 28, 2021 [14 favorites]


We can join the trademark lawsuit with Meta beer.
posted by kaibutsu at 12:37 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


metafilter: the best of the web

meta: the beast of the web
posted by pyramid termite at 12:38 PM on October 28, 2021 [31 favorites]


(For the NZer's in the audience....remix the classic Bournvita advert jingle)
Better better better better by far...Met-a-filter...more meta by far!
posted by inflatablekiwi at 12:41 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


The Zuckerbot must be stopped. He's the last person you'd want to have so much power and yet here we are.
posted by tommasz at 12:41 PM on October 28, 2021 [3 favorites]


Hat tip to ....

Walter Shaub
@waltshaub

Replying to
@petridishes
Yesterday, upon the stair,
I Meta man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
I wish, I wish he’d go away
2:41 PM · Oct 28, 2021
posted by thecincinnatikid at 12:54 PM on October 28, 2021 [24 favorites]


I'm also sensing opportunities for future Aprils fools gags on this site. Crouton Metaverse anyone?
posted by inflatablekiwi at 12:54 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


Okay, this is simultaneously a little bit of a relief and a sign that Zuckerberg's done something even stupider:

"Meta" is the name of the overall parent company. All the apps themselves - Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp - are still keeping those names.

So...what was the point of this again?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:55 PM on October 28, 2021 [5 favorites]


Holy shit, I truly did not expect something so lazy. "Can we select a word that conveys as little as possible?" The most anodyne chickenshit choice possible.

I'm kind of surprised I care at all, but it's just so spineless.
posted by phooky at 12:56 PM on October 28, 2021 [8 favorites]


I have never needed a way to filter out Meta more.
posted by mazola at 12:56 PM on October 28, 2021 [14 favorites]


Metafilter: the Meta it's ok to like.
posted by davros42 at 12:56 PM on October 28, 2021 [57 favorites]


Isn't Meta Verse a sub site for our haiku scribes?

Do I have that mixed up with Meta Physics, our philosophy of science sub site?

I wish we could grab every conceivable iteration of the Meta, before it's too late...
posted by effluvia at 12:56 PM on October 28, 2021 [7 favorites]


Oh dear. I appear to have found myself completely taken in by this cunning ploy. Whatever shall I do?
posted by rum-soaked space hobo at 12:57 PM on October 28, 2021 [4 favorites]


This really is the stupidest timeline.
posted by seanmpuckett at 12:57 PM on October 28, 2021 [11 favorites]


To be fair, Palantir was taken.
posted by acb at 12:58 PM on October 28, 2021 [31 favorites]


So...what was the point of this again?

Remember when Arthur Anderson boned the Enron situation so badly that they had to stop calling themselves Arthur Anderson and Accenture was born?

Yeah.
posted by mhoye at 12:58 PM on October 28, 2021 [48 favorites]


Maybe MetaFilter will become Met Filter, like when those two Finns had to change their band name from Panasonic to Pan Sonic.
posted by They sucked his brains out! at 12:58 PM on October 28, 2021 [11 favorites]


I'm taking it personally; I type m in the address bar, and it autocompletes to metafilter.

We now have a glimpse of how truly fucked up Facebook and Zuck really are. Just like Blackwater (Xe Services, Academi), Philip Morris(Altria), Andersen Consulting (Accenture), ValuJet(AirTran, then bought by SouthWest) and many others, the name change is an attempt to shed their ugly past. It won't work as long as The Soulless One and his ilkminions are still on board.
posted by theora55 at 12:59 PM on October 28, 2021 [18 favorites]


MetaFilter renames itself to MetaBook, MetaFace, FaceFilter? meh.
posted by theora55 at 1:00 PM on October 28, 2021


Heh. Once in a lifetime chance to cash in. Take the buyout!
posted by Carius at 1:03 PM on October 28, 2021


No no, MetaFilter's parent company renames itself now. We gotta keep up. I propose "Beans"
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 1:03 PM on October 28, 2021 [29 favorites]


"Beans"? What, was "beenz" taken?

Oh.
posted by phooky at 1:04 PM on October 28, 2021 [8 favorites]


And someone sets up a Mastodon instance named Pata.
posted by acb at 1:05 PM on October 28, 2021 [4 favorites]


Yay billionaire owns a prefix
posted by bigbigdog at 1:06 PM on October 28, 2021 [9 favorites]


I propose "Beans"

Which would make the croutons...Beans e-babies?
posted by cortex at 1:06 PM on October 28, 2021 [8 favorites]


No. The equivalent response we be to name MeFi's parent company Zuck or Zucker or Zuckverse.

Has anybody else seen those really creep TV ads where a fb employee is being interviewed and giving opinions about free speech and moderation and regulation? Ugh. They're just terrible.
posted by sardonyx at 1:07 PM on October 28, 2021 [5 favorites]


No no, MetaFilter's parent company renames itself now. We gotta keep up. I propose "Beans"

Face
posted by snuffleupagus at 1:11 PM on October 28, 2021 [5 favorites]


Or Mark
posted by snuffleupagus at 1:12 PM on October 28, 2021


The act of Facebook latching onto the "metaverse" moniker has created a wave of snake oil sounding BS in my LinkedIn feed from tech companies desperate to peck away at whatever scraps The Company Formerly Known as Facebook that We Will Continue to Call Facebook leaves behind. At least with the AI/ML gravy train there were actual problems to be solved, even if the companies pushing their solutions were only occasionally employing machine learning techniques. This just seems like a desperate attempt to create demand for virtual worlds when people just want the boring 2D tech they already have to fucking work.
posted by tonycpsu at 1:13 PM on October 28, 2021 [8 favorites]


Hello Meta, hello Filtah
Here I am at Camp Gefilte
WiFi signal's waning
And MetaTalk's full of people complaining
posted by They sucked his brains out! at 1:14 PM on October 28, 2021 [60 favorites]


The new logo looks like the eyes in the Scream mask.
posted by azpenguin at 1:14 PM on October 28, 2021 [4 favorites]


Is this like the time when Netflix announced that its streaming division was going to be named "Qwikster" and the howling was so great that they backed off? One can hope ...
posted by Melismata at 1:14 PM on October 28, 2021 [7 favorites]


Maybe MetaFilter will become Met Filter, like when those two Finns had to change their band name from Panasonic to Pan Sonic.

Or the Bush/BushX thing that happened in Canada in the 90s:

In Canada, the band were initially forced to release Sixteen Stone under the name BushX, as the 1970s Canadian band Bush still held the rights to the name Bush in the Canadian market

So, MetaX?
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 1:15 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


I want to know who here was the psychic who knew that Metafilter, a consistent source for good information about the reality and vileness of Facebook, hence a filter that sifts out the bullshit to reveal the truth, picked a name for this place that would eventually specifically describe one of the activities of this site.
posted by njohnson23 at 1:16 PM on October 28, 2021 [12 favorites]


Serious question: what’s a Meta for?
posted by Ten Cold Hot Dogs


Ay! What's a Meta for you?
posted by Splunge at 1:20 PM on October 28, 2021 [35 favorites]


So, MetaX?

That's got the word "tax" in it - Zuck'd never go for that.
posted by Greg_Ace at 1:20 PM on October 28, 2021 [4 favorites]


Cry havoc, MetaFilter, and let slip the dogs of litigation!
posted by vibrotronica at 1:21 PM on October 28, 2021 [5 favorites]


people still go on Facebook/Meta or whatever its called??
posted by robbyrobs at 1:21 PM on October 28, 2021


Lawyer up.
posted by exlotuseater at 1:22 PM on October 28, 2021


That's got the word "tax" in it - Zuck'd never go for that.

TaxMe!
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 1:22 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


Gah.
Gah!
Gah!!

So wrong in so many ways.
posted by bcd at 1:28 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


I mean....if Zuckerberg tries to sue us for the name, we can win because we can prove we've been using this name way longer, right?

If there's one thing we've learned recently it's that billionaire fuckers get to do whatever they want. So, no.

I do think we should lawyer up, ask firmly and politely for our financial woes to disappear forever or we will make one or two news cycles a little uncomfortable for them while they launch and then agree to rename as Josh Millard's Beany Internet Hoedown or whatever.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 1:35 PM on October 28, 2021 [24 favorites]


It's got that "Umbrella Corporation" vibe.
posted by pianoblack at 1:35 PM on October 28, 2021 [9 favorites]


It’s been a long time since I’ve dropped by … but my first though was for MF!
posted by R. Mutt at 1:38 PM on October 28, 2021 [13 favorites]


I think it's high time we changed the tagline from "Community Weblog" to "No relation"
posted by chavenet at 1:39 PM on October 28, 2021 [94 favorites]


I'm sure he just thought it was a clever anagram of TEAM
posted by OHenryPacey at 1:39 PM on October 28, 2021 [3 favorites]


OHenryPacey: "I'm sure he just thought it was a clever anagram of TEAM"

THERE IS NO "I" IN META
posted by chavenet at 1:40 PM on October 28, 2021 [13 favorites]


Think_Long: "CORTEX TAKE THE BUYOUT"

I think this would make an excellent t-shirt.
posted by chavenet at 1:41 PM on October 28, 2021 [35 favorites]


A Facebook by any other name would still be a wretched hive of scum and villianry.

I mean really. No one but Comcast employees call the company Xfinity, and nobody suddenly forgot the customer service was f'n awful the instant they pulled the name change... calling themselves something different doesn't make them less awful. Facebook is no different.
posted by caution live frogs at 1:43 PM on October 28, 2021 [7 favorites]


Hat tip to Tom Eastman who pointed out that if they were going to honestly going to steal from Snow Crash they should have renamed as "rat-thing" ....

Personally I think that rat-thing has more redeeming qualities - L. Bob Rife is more representative of what FB is all about
posted by mbo at 1:49 PM on October 28, 2021 [5 favorites]


This is like You’ve Got Mail. But even dumber.
posted by iamkimiam at 1:52 PM on October 28, 2021 [4 favorites]


Metaverse
Same as the first.
(ht Herman’s Hermits)

But Ron Artest did it first.
posted by sudogeek at 1:55 PM on October 28, 2021 [7 favorites]


can someone please explain how his vision of the "Metaverse" is not just Second Life?

The main point of difference is that the Zuckerborg will be worse in every conceivable way.
posted by flabdablet at 1:56 PM on October 28, 2021 [3 favorites]


Marcy Wheeler (@emptywheel) tweets:
Magnifying
Emotion
Threats and
Anger

[Checks out]
posted by bcd at 1:57 PM on October 28, 2021 [11 favorites]


Can we rebrand to “The MetaFilter”?
posted by mbrubeck at 1:59 PM on October 28, 2021 [16 favorites]


sweetbabyjebusforfucksakeNO
posted by tarantula at 2:02 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


“Lose the ‘Filter’”
posted by Going To Maine at 2:05 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


Mark my words, this 'Metaverse' ain't got legs.
posted by mazola at 2:05 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


mefi.com and mefi.net are for sale via godaddy.com; call for price. mefi.org is for sale via buydomains.com; call for price. me.fi is under construction. fi.me is available.
posted by theoriginalkdawson at 2:08 PM on October 28, 2021 [3 favorites]


Yeah if the FB corporate overlords make an offer of $$$ for MetaFilter to rebrand it might be worth thinking about what that brand should be. Just MeFi? Something different?

Let’s use our “best of the web” subhead, but shorten it to a punchy 4 letter like MeFi, say BeWb.
posted by rodlymight at 2:09 PM on October 28, 2021 [12 favorites]


I have never needed a way to filter out Meta more.

I am sad because there are going to be a whole bunch of apps and browser extensions called Meta Filters, and not one of them anything like the app I've dreamed of.
posted by straight at 2:10 PM on October 28, 2021 [7 favorites]


Metafilter: like Meta, but filtered.
posted by snoboy at 2:10 PM on October 28, 2021 [6 favorites]


Rather than Second Life, I picture this being somewhere between Habbo Hotel and There (actual tagline: 'your friends are here').
posted by signal at 2:18 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


The first thing I thought when I heard they were re-branding was that they would use meta or some other names from our site. So I am not surprised. But I am still angry.
posted by mumimor at 2:19 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


chavenet: "I think it's high time we changed the tagline from "Community Weblog" to "No relation""

The Meta it's OK to Like.
The Meta That Won't Trigger WWIII.
The Meta That Didn't Try To Topple Your Democracy

posted by signal at 2:20 PM on October 28, 2021 [17 favorites]


I feel like Memepool would have been hella more on point with the Millennial teens.
posted by straight at 2:21 PM on October 28, 2021 [13 favorites]


I guess Zuck.com would have been like shooting fish in a barrel.
posted by straight at 2:22 PM on October 28, 2021 [9 favorites]


The Meta That Doesn't Enable Genocide
posted by signal at 2:22 PM on October 28, 2021 [9 favorites]


new name? how much did it cost?

20 likes, same as in clown
posted by lalochezia at 2:23 PM on October 28, 2021 [14 favorites]


"Meta" is the name of the overall parent company. All the apps themselves - Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp - are still keeping those names.

Boooooriing.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 2:27 PM on October 28, 2021


Okay I read the entire thread so far
So you could say I am now well
[takes off sunglasses]
metaversed.
[Yeeeeaaaaaaahhhhh]
posted by srboisvert at 2:28 PM on October 28, 2021 [36 favorites]


"Meta" is the name of the overall parent company. All the apps themselves - Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp - are still keeping those names.

So...what was the point of this again?


To be like Google with their Alphabet?
posted by Rash at 2:32 PM on October 28, 2021 [3 favorites]


meta: one sentence & then infinity clickbait
posted by joeyh at 2:32 PM on October 28, 2021 [4 favorites]


Short for 'Meta World Chaos'.

Or 'Meta World in Pieces'.
posted by jamjam at 2:35 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


I’ve never felt such overwhelming community spirit as I do here, right now. It’s the perfect storm of love and hate.
posted by MorgansAmoebas at 2:39 PM on October 28, 2021 [19 favorites]


Meta Apple Google Amazon

FFS
posted by joeyh at 2:39 PM on October 28, 2021 [13 favorites]


i suspect we will look back on this news (teased by facebook PR last week because of (/me motions in the direction of previously)) as the Four Seasons Total Metaverse moment.
posted by Vetinari at 2:42 PM on October 28, 2021 [5 favorites]


I remember some time that FB did something and people couldn't log in; it had something to do with them changing the login page, or maybe a redirect or something. And then people were like "Where is the login for FB??!!!?" So can we googlebomb things to make any "meta" search pull up our beloved MeFi first? And then people will end up here, with good information, and informed discussion (and arguments about what makes a good discussion, and what people meant and didn't mean and all that fighting and all sorts of ridiculous retorts and stupid fighting) and maybe think that FB is now charging $5?
posted by Snowishberlin at 2:43 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


metafilter: the best of the web

meta: the rest of the web
posted by Spathe Cadet at 2:44 PM on October 28, 2021 [23 favorites]


Ay! What's a Meta for you?

Five bucks, same as in town.
posted by Mayor West at 2:44 PM on October 28, 2021 [7 favorites]


Just MeFi? Something different?
"Meef"
posted by Horkus at 2:45 PM on October 28, 2021 [7 favorites]


The MetaFilter
posted by chavenet at 2:46 PM on October 28, 2021 [4 favorites]


Meta is the doctor. Facebook is Meta's monster.
posted by acb at 2:47 PM on October 28, 2021 [27 favorites]


E N T E R ∙ T H E ∙ Z U C K E R V E R S E
posted by dephlogisticated at 2:50 PM on October 28, 2021 [4 favorites]




I seem to remember there being a mod here that got offered a job at one of these places.

And the mod turned it down.

Basically I'm saying that we hath wrought this on ourselves.
posted by NoThisIsPatrick at 2:56 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


I remember some time that FB did something and people couldn't log in; it had something to do with them changing the login page, or maybe a redirect or something. And then people were like "Where is the login for FB??!!!?"

It was even more stupid than that! It was nothing FB did. A site published a story about FB, that somehow got on top in Google's result page when people searched for 'facebook login'. So people who were used to using Google to get to FB (yeah, I don't even pretend to understand that) got to this other website instead, and proceeded to have a tantrum in the comments for the story.
posted by Too-Ticky at 2:57 PM on October 28, 2021 [6 favorites]


How very.
posted by erikred at 2:58 PM on October 28, 2021 [4 favorites]


Okay, wait.

We still get to be the MeFites. They get to be Metaphytes.
posted by mule98J at 3:00 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


In the Metaverse, no one knows that your dog avatar is a person.
posted by delfin at 3:00 PM on October 28, 2021 [3 favorites]


My first thought was for this lovely place when I heard about the present disgusting development. Let's absolutely lawyer up. I haven't spent goodness how long here all these years for the place to be shafted by that walking disaster area, no matter how rich he and his mates are.

But then, hmmm. Are we really sure they'll go after all meta* domains without exception?
posted by paperpete at 3:01 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


does this now mean that Zuckerberg owns the word META? Who would he have bought it from?
posted by philip-random at 3:01 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


Hello, I am Johnny Everyman, American human fellow who loves blue jeans and the rock and roll. Please respond to this comment with your mother’s maiden name and first place you flew on an airplane. I am innocent fellow for making friend. I am very person.
posted by dr_dank at 3:02 PM on October 28, 2021 [46 favorites]


DiCaprio clap GIF to whoever posted on Mefi's Twitter account this afternoon. Hilarious.
posted by NorthernLite at 3:03 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


Also to paraphrase what I said on Twitter, it's hard to believe that a site that began as an anti-social misogynist's attempt to denigrate women could ever cause any chaos in the greater world.
posted by NorthernLite at 3:05 PM on October 28, 2021


A savvy domain speculator would snap up brand alternatives, for example your new favorite fiber supplement.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 3:06 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


And the mod turned it down. Basically I'm saying that we hath wrought this on ourselves.
What hath mod wrought?
posted by mbrubeck at 3:07 PM on October 28, 2021 [11 favorites]


'Is this the year for AR/VR?' feels like the new 'Is this the year for Linux on the desktop?' Like, we already had Pokemon Go. Maybe this is as big as the thing's going to get.
posted by box at 3:11 PM on October 28, 2021 [13 favorites]


Can we re-brand as Mefi: Zuckerberg's Daddy?
posted by OHenryPacey at 3:13 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


Is it weird that meta is an adjective? Seems like company names should be nouns. Although I guess there’s Uber. Either way, it’s dumb.
posted by freecellwizard at 3:14 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


Please respond to this comment with your mother’s maiden name and first place you flew on an airplane.

My mother's maiden name was ncbas ytlkx wihkh mpgcj vifwd name.

The first place I flew on an airplane was ncbas ytlkx wihkh mpgcj vifwd airplane.
posted by flabdablet at 3:14 PM on October 28, 2021 [3 favorites]


I've held on to calling it the Sears Tower, and I even call the new stadium the Hoosier Dome. I'll call it Facespace until I die.
posted by The Potate at 3:15 PM on October 28, 2021 [3 favorites]


But do they have cameras ?
posted by NoThisIsPatrick at 3:16 PM on October 28, 2021 [5 favorites]


'Is this the year for AR/VR?' feels like the new 'Is this the year for Linux on the desktop?'

Funny part about that is that between Steam releasing the Deck and MS making Windows 11 run poorly on AMD CPUs and not at all on anything without a TPM enabled, we'll probably actually see the year of Linux on the desktop before AR/VR becomes even slightly mainstream.
posted by flabdablet at 3:17 PM on October 28, 2021 [7 favorites]


n that! It was nothing FB did. A site published a story about FB, that somehow got on top in Google's result page when people searched for 'facebook login'. So people who were used to using Google to get to FB (yeah, I don't even pretend to understand that) got to this other website instead, and proceeded to have a tantrum in the comments for the story.
posted by Too-Ticky at 2:57 PM


Yes!!! Thank you for finding that!
posted by Snowishberlin at 3:18 PM on October 28, 2021


Terry Cavanagh did an interesting series of Twitter threads about developing and promoting an "obby" for Roblox.

I just don't know how these platforms retain users as they age -- e.g. my friend's kid is done with Roblox and now is into "vintage" Minecraft servers (like, 2009) Though Fortnite seems to do pretty well with older players. I can imagine Bookmetaface buying into the market like they did with Insta/Whatsapp, and daring the rest of the industry to outspend them.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 3:18 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


Hey everybody. Is this where we line up to get our allotment of pitchforks and flaming torches? I know I've been a bit absent but I'm here, and you have my bow. And my curtsy.
posted by cashman at 3:20 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


MetaFilter: The Facebook.com it's okay to like
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:22 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


mbrubeck: "What hath mod wrought?"

How is moddy paid?
posted by chavenet at 3:23 PM on October 28, 2021 [21 favorites]


I don't know if this is the timeline where a bunch of old users come back and a bunch of new users find out about this site in the most unlikely of ways, or the one where Facebook's lawyers do what rich people's lawyers do. I suppose it could even be both. Or, it could be the one where this changes nothing for MetaFilter whatsoever.

Since about 2016, I've mostly avoided making predictions.
posted by box at 3:25 PM on October 28, 2021 [13 favorites]


I have no idea how these people got their faces wedged into their scanners, or why.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:26 PM on October 28, 2021 [11 favorites]


How is moddy paid?

On the bollockchain, in craptocurrency.
posted by flabdablet at 3:28 PM on October 28, 2021 [6 favorites]


Famous Original Meta
posted by zamboni at 3:30 PM on October 28, 2021 [8 favorites]


But do they have cameras ?

Surveillance cameras
posted by They sucked his brains out! at 3:34 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


thinking about what that brand should be. Just MeFi? Something different?
MeFiSpace !!!!!!!

ummm, have we all forgotten about that long-deceased yet fondly remembered MeFi Space ? (think that was the name, been so long)
posted by Droll Lord at 3:34 PM on October 28, 2021


Perhaps after sewing strife and discord they can now pivot towards the goal of world peace. Imagine meta world peace.
posted by interogative mood at 3:35 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


So...what was the point of this again?

It is so that teenagers downloading Instagram for the first time don't see the word Facebook and instantly run screaming into the arms of TikTok.
posted by Lanark at 3:35 PM on October 28, 2021 [15 favorites]


Clavdivsfilter
posted by y2karl at 3:37 PM on October 28, 2021 [15 favorites]


I'm here, and you have my bow.

What about your stern?
posted by Greg_Ace at 3:40 PM on October 28, 2021 [4 favorites]


When are we renaming ourselves Facefilter?
posted by Nanukthedog at 3:45 PM on October 28, 2021


InstaTalk
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:50 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


Stephenson rolling over in his bed.
posted by arboles at 3:50 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


I just like the simple idea that Zuckerberger actually had to have sat down at a meeting and be told about MetaFilter. Or maybe he already was aware of it? Hard to say, but anyway, it had to have been discussed. In a meeting. At Facebook. And that makes me smile.
posted by valkane at 3:52 PM on October 28, 2021 [18 favorites]


I think we can take 'em. I bet they don't even know about the plums.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:54 PM on October 28, 2021 [31 favorites]


I remember when Second Life had to testify in front of congress that no, it wasn't a platform for terrorists. If only we knew then what we know now...
posted by lock robster at 3:55 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


Has Zuckerberg ever heard the expression, "Same shit; different pile"? Renaming Facebook, instead of oh, say, working on addressing its fundamental issues, is an asinine move.
posted by orange swan at 3:59 PM on October 28, 2021 [6 favorites]


mbrubeck: Can we rebrand to “The MetaFilter”?


Metafilter: The Metaverse for the Metaverse-averse
posted by emelenjr at 4:00 PM on October 28, 2021 [22 favorites]


Does anyone have an incantation to invoke our pancake overlords?
posted by datawrangler at 4:01 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


Remember: wherever you go, there you arse.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:01 PM on October 28, 2021 [5 favorites]


This quarter's new fund-raiser, all these n00bs being required to have $5 metafilter accounts to use their oculus devices, could potentially be the last this site ever needs, well done mods!!
posted by riverlife at 4:01 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


Nevin slid on his Viz goggles and hapto gloves, then cracked his knuckles. The grungy walls of his tiny Amazon Primecube were suddenly replaced by the glittering neon latticework of the metaverse. He ignored the adaptive ads swarming aggressively around him, shouting his name, and headed straight for the swirling light of the nearest portal. Somewhere scattered throughout the endless iterative folds of the metaverse were the six remaining Zuckercoins. Whoever found them stood to win everything—assuming the bots didn’t fry them first. It was time to get to work.
posted by dephlogisticated at 4:08 PM on October 28, 2021 [44 favorites]


So remember how back in the early '90s, Virtual Reality became this huge fad thing? Like, Wired Magazine and it's imitators were all about it, there were bad movies made about it, it showed up in all the media and stuff? And remember how most of the serious technical people dismissed it as a solution looking for a problem? And remember how they were right and the whole thing fizzled for a couple of decades and even now that it's gotten really cheap is still just at best a kind of niche gaming thing?

Well, Zuck was 8 then, so I guess he missed that.

In any case, evidence seems to suggest that he's never really learned the whole "a couple of hours in the library can save you burning down your entire multi-billion dollar social media empire on a disproven idea" lesson, so here's hoping he learns it the hard way this time.
posted by suetanvil at 4:09 PM on October 28, 2021 [10 favorites]


Minstagram
Moculus
Macebook

Yep, checks out.
posted by gwint at 4:12 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


Nothing to contribute here really, except, There is still there, woo! And fully expect the Metaverse(tm) to be almost as good as The Palace.
posted by sammyo at 4:12 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


Metafilter's own Zuckerberg sock puppet
posted by Jacen at 4:13 PM on October 28, 2021


I joined Metafilter before Facebook was founded. I really hope they don't claim they were here first.
posted by krisjohn at 4:18 PM on October 28, 2021 [8 favorites]


Sell to Zucc, but we all get paid $$$$$$$$$ depending on how low our user number is.

You just joined yesterday? You get $2.

You joined in 2000? You get $10M, tax-free.

I have no vested interest in those calculations whatsoever.
posted by slater at 4:43 PM on October 28, 2021 [26 favorites]


So how long before a MeFi subsite, but just for poetry?
posted by Catblack at 4:45 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


OK, so hang with me ....

I imagined in protest working with my local butcher to create the world's first Metawurst.

Which, for whatever reason (ha ha vodka?), made me type Zuckerman German into Google.

Which returned the following result:

Zuckerberg (surname) - Wikipedia
Zuckerberg is a Jewish surname of German origin meaning "sugar mountain".

And there you fucking have it.
posted by thecincinnatikid at 4:45 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


Close enough: Mettwurst
posted by Hairy Lobster at 4:48 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


Can I just say this thread is making me very happy and also plums
posted by sixswitch at 4:49 PM on October 28, 2021 [8 favorites]


Close enough: Mettwurst

Sorry, I live in the cradle of the beloved Mettwurst - have a half dozen in my fridge as we speak - so while that came to me easily, I really wasn't prepared for the Sugar Mountain result!
posted by thecincinnatikid at 5:01 PM on October 28, 2021


I have banned
all the schmucks
that came over
from the facebook

whose data
you were probably
selling
for profit

Forgive me
they were obnoxious
so racist
and so bro-y
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 5:05 PM on October 28, 2021 [50 favorites]


Alternate name proposal: The Cortex Vortex
posted by effluvia at 5:11 PM on October 28, 2021 [12 favorites]


Zuckerberg is a Jewish surname of German origin meaning "sugar mountain".

Oh, great. So all along, Facebook has been creepy unicorn demons trying to drag all the Charlies of the world to Candy Mountain.
posted by delfin at 5:12 PM on October 28, 2021 [7 favorites]


We might be overthinking this.
posted by srboisvert at 5:13 PM on October 28, 2021 [15 favorites]


Looking forward to the April Fools post where we rebrand as Facefilter
posted by leotrotsky at 5:14 PM on October 28, 2021 [7 favorites]


Dude, that’s so metafilter
posted by Ten Cold Hot Dogs at 5:16 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


Oh, great. So all along, Facebook has been creepy unicorn demons trying to drag all the Charlies of the world to Candy Mountain.

Well it sure did make me wonder what Harry McClintock and Wallace Stegner mighta thought of it all.
posted by thecincinnatikid at 5:17 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


I guess we're at the point where people can stop debating whether this is the clueless flailing of a crumbling giant undergoing the realization that they have no real idea why they specifically became successful and cannot re-create that success in other realms like they thought. Sorry if this commentary is too meta.
posted by feloniousmonk at 5:20 PM on October 28, 2021 [5 favorites]


Zuckerberg is a Jewish surname of German origin meaning "sugar mountain".

With the barkers and the colored balloons
posted by hangashore at 5:21 PM on October 28, 2021 [6 favorites]


Trying to make #suckerberg take off. I like to combine it with #lockhimup.

My first thought was for metafilter too. Is there anything suckerberg won’t ruin?
posted by areaperson at 5:29 PM on October 28, 2021 [3 favorites]


Take it to ... oh no.
posted by Marticus at 5:40 PM on October 28, 2021 [9 favorites]


So this thread inspired me to run a search for the word mark "Metafilter" on the USPTO's TESS search engine, from which I report the following mildly interesting findings:
  1. "METAFILTER" was registered as a trademark by Metafilter Network in 2014 (and previously from 2006 to 2012), but according to the USPTO, it was canceled on May 21, 2021.
  2. "METAFILTER" was previously also registered by Rayspan Corporation (2008-2015), apparently for something to do with wireless data transmission. From Google this doesn't seem to have been used much, if at all.
  3. Most interestingly, "METAFILTER" was registered as a US trademark in 1948 for fluid filters by Metafiltration Co., Ltd., of the UK (with a priority date of 1929). This mark was apparently renewed as recently as 1988.
Google Books gives me some fragments of ads for the original Metafilter from musty old trade journals, but sadly no full images.

Anyway... Metafilter: a useful form of clarifying filter which can be built up in units adapted to the size of the batch.
posted by Not A Thing at 5:43 PM on October 28, 2021 [21 favorites]


Live service game designers around the world now need a new name for "this is the set of popular and usually powerful strategies used in competitive play."
posted by andreaazure at 5:54 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


Update: Found a couple of ads for the original Metafilter.

Metafilter: completely removes even the finest ferrous swarf considered impossible to trap by other methods.

(this appears to be the 9th time that the word "swarf" has appeared on metafilter.com, and the 4th on the blue.)
posted by Not A Thing at 5:59 PM on October 28, 2021 [25 favorites]


Turns out the new Meta logo looks like the errrr the “B in C&B”….if you know what I mean. It’s going to get defaced *everywhere* in the crudest most base juvenile way………and that’s what I appreciate about people.
posted by inflatablekiwi at 6:11 PM on October 28, 2021 [8 favorites]


In before the lawsuit.
posted by Doohickie at 6:16 PM on October 28, 2021 [3 favorites]


Wait! What if it is short for metastasize?
posted by srboisvert at 6:18 PM on October 28, 2021 [11 favorites]


MetaFilter is currently on sale for $29.99.
posted by Foosnark at 6:27 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


Zuckerberg is a metalomaniac!
posted by mareli at 6:30 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


In all seriousness, I hope that they aren't aiming to protect any use of 'meta' with regard to VR or augmented reality. That really would call for a 'Communications Decency Act'* level of response.

* at the risk certainty of dating myself.

posted by snuffleupagus at 6:37 PM on October 28, 2021


Swarf and Goaf, dumb dwarven brothers
posted by The otter lady at 6:49 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


Should have just gone with Big Brother and been done with it.
posted by BWA at 6:54 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


MetaBrother
posted by Greg_Ace at 7:01 PM on October 28, 2021


On the bright side, we can ditch the silly FAANG acronym in favor of MANGA.

Sure, let's ruin everything good.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 7:17 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


Let's use the profits to fund Crone Island pls!
posted by supermedusa at 7:20 PM on October 28, 2021 [10 favorites]


This thread has the energy of one of those “getting the gang back together for one last heist” movies. We’re at the stage where each character shows off their unique talent that will come into play later.
posted by Comet Bug at 7:23 PM on October 28, 2021 [38 favorites]


All the metaverse to me is waving my arms around to complete mundane tasks and interviews being canceled because it was raining too many dicks,
posted by Lord_Pall at 7:28 PM on October 28, 2021 [3 favorites]


Surely this is the final sign of the End Times being upon us.
Post-apocalypse starts now!
posted by ahimsakid at 7:35 PM on October 28, 2021


Fuck this! Call legal! Take this to anthropocene-USA!
posted by firstdaffodils at 7:35 PM on October 28, 2021


To be real, people are just going to misspell it as "meat," all of the time.
posted by firstdaffodils at 7:38 PM on October 28, 2021 [4 favorites]


MehTa.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:59 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


But this is our hill and these are our beans!
posted by calgirl at 8:00 PM on October 28, 2021 [14 favorites]


I feel like there should be more goofing on the "ersatz Second Life" idea.

Now, I actually like Second Life! It's good at what it does, which is not being a business meeting. In 2006 the developer actually thought it could be that, and that went over like a lead balloon.

Whatever advantage there is to seeing people in your meetings is lost if all you see is bad cartoon versions of them.
posted by zompist at 8:01 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


That’s not what the LSD is telling me.
posted by bigbigdog at 8:17 PM on October 28, 2021 [5 favorites]


Sure, we all worry about the big fish flopping into our little pond, but spare a minute to sympathize with the plight of this guy and his 45 users.
posted by chortly at 8:24 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


I just now discovered there is a Metacycle and now I want one.

At least that’s what the Meta is telling me. Meta: Buy everything we tell you.
posted by bigbigdog at 8:32 PM on October 28, 2021


This thread has the energy of one of those “getting the gang back together for one last heist” movies. We’re at the stage where each character shows off their unique talent that will come into play later.
posted by Comet Bug

Starring Paul Rubens in the role of "The Spleen!"
posted by Larry David Syndrome at 8:36 PM on October 28, 2021 [3 favorites]


I’m furious.
posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED at 8:58 PM on October 28, 2021 [4 favorites]


The equivalent response we be to name MeFi's parent company Zuck or Zucker or Zuckverse.

Zuckface, LLC
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 9:49 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


I, for one, welcome our new half trillionaire overlord.

...oh, wait
posted by y2karl at 10:01 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


John Carmack (consulting CTO?) does not sound bullish on the actual tech, which is demoed in this thread.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 10:08 PM on October 28, 2021 [9 favorites]


Long time lurker, first time poster. I really enjoy this site. It’s become one of my daily go-tos. My somewhat disinterested opinion: Relax. Don’t fret. MetaFilter is its own thing. None of that’s going away. The word “meta” is not going to be subsumed by a faceless corporation, just as the word “alphabet” has not lost its meaning. This will be old news shortly.
posted by khrusanthemon at 10:15 PM on October 28, 2021 [13 favorites]


Ok...for real though...can someone please explain how his vision of the "Metaverse" is not just Second Life? Because I'm not going to sign up for that.

The VR goggles that will allow you to enter the Metaverse will be completely free, you will just have be required to experience fully immersive ads; occasionally at first, and becoming more frequent as time progresses.

Also, in the end user licensing agreement there's a clause where you agree to allow the semi-machine/semi-living goggles to grow connections from its processor through your eyes and ears and into your brain.
posted by otherchaz at 10:17 PM on October 28, 2021 [5 favorites]


Honestly it's pretty exciting- it means the company is more and more officially tanking.

I needed to reorganize the way I used the internet (and still do).. when I closed my Facebook, I realized I hated it. It was like smoking, except less cool and feel good. ..then it was a socially awkward political detonator.
posted by firstdaffodils at 10:32 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


The video is creepy - he looks more android than human.

To be fair, it's the human part that's the creepy part.
posted by loquacious at 10:40 PM on October 28, 2021 [13 favorites]


John Carmack (consulting CTO?) does not sound bullish on the actual tech, which is demoed in this thread.

Talk about underselling the moment! I went thru the thread cackling and am watching the keynote with my jaw on the floor. #must-watchtv
posted by cendawanita at 10:40 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


(from above) "Turns out the new Meta logo looks like the errrr the “B in C&B”….if you know what I mean. It’s going to get defaced *everywhere* in the crudest most base juvenile way.."

Clearly shares a designer with Bezos rocket.

..what's with tech moguls and a nod to their phallus. (phalluses? ..phalli? correction invited.)
posted by firstdaffodils at 10:41 PM on October 28, 2021


Whatever advantage there is to seeing people in your meetings is lost if all you see is bad cartoon versions of them.

Well, over here at MetaCorp, Inc LLCTM our productivity and sales conversion yields are at an all time high after we installed all that bondage furniture in the meeting room and we banned that one guy that kept screaming "YiFFY!!" in local chat for hours on end.
posted by loquacious at 10:46 PM on October 28, 2021 [2 favorites]


I, for one, welcome our new half trillionaire overlord.
:..oh, wait
posted by y2karl at 1:01 AM on October 29

For this transgressive comment, you owe me one poetryfilter.
posted by clavdivs at 11:01 PM on October 28, 2021 [5 favorites]


"9 risks when changing your brand name"
Jon Persson
Table of contents
Risk 1: You’re unable to come up with anything
Risk 2: Your employees hate it
Risk 3: Your family hates it
Risk 4: Customers think you’ve sold your business
Risk 5: People can’t find you anymore
Risk 6: You grow out of the new name, just like you did the old one
Risk 7: You flat-out get stuck
Risk 8: You get crushed on Google
Risk 9: You get sued
posted by clavdivs at 11:08 PM on October 28, 2021 [5 favorites]


"I am proud to announce that starting today, our company is now... THE METS BABY LOVE THE METS ALRIGHT BABY LET'S GO GET A HOME RUN BABY LOVE THE METS
posted by Rhaomi at 11:14 PM on October 28, 2021


I propose Meh-geFilte as our rebrand.
posted by xigxag at 11:38 PM on October 28, 2021 [1 favorite]


There's nothing at that link but a shit ton of ads.
posted by bendy at 12:32 AM on October 29, 2021


The good news is that the rebranded Facebook is going to hit a Time Masters crisis on July 2, 2025, and that this will lead to the revitalisation of Superman. I have proof.
posted by Paul Slade at 12:47 AM on October 29, 2021 [1 favorite]


I have stolen
the meta
that was in
your domain

and which
you were probably
saving
for posterity

Forgive me
it’s available
on namecheap
and godaddy

Also the Winklevoss twins seem to be doing okay.
posted by bendy at 12:59 AM on October 29, 2021 [6 favorites]


Did anyone else ever go to Cybertown
posted by Ray Walston, Luck Dragon at 1:24 AM on October 29, 2021


The mods must be having one hell of a Zoom meeting.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:20 AM on October 29, 2021 [6 favorites]


Update: Found a couple of ads for the original Metafilter.

I want this one on a T-shirt. Somebody here, get on that.
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 3:02 AM on October 29, 2021 [13 favorites]


I always found VR boosterism to be kind of sad..... someone encased in a helmet, acting like this is the greatest experience in their life, far more wonderful and exciting than the, you know, world. It's a cool technology, sure, but seems to work best for demos of itself.
posted by thelonius at 3:22 AM on October 29, 2021 [2 favorites]


Remember when Arthur Anderson boned the Enron situation so badly that they had to stop calling themselves Arthur Anderson and Accenture was born?

We now have a glimpse of how truly fucked up Facebook and Zuck really are. Just like Blackwater (Xe Services, Academi), Philip Morris(Altria), Andersen Consulting (Accenture), ValuJet(AirTran, then bought by SouthWest) and many others, the name change is an attempt to shed their ugly past.

Dont forget that Enron became NRG!


Nothing dies, all is reborn again
posted by LizBoBiz at 3:23 AM on October 29, 2021 [4 favorites]


I'm sure he just thought it was a clever anagram of TEAM

Next slogan: “There is a “team” in “Meta,” but it’s a little disorganized.”
posted by GenjiandProust at 3:48 AM on October 29, 2021 [15 favorites]


Just like Blackwater (Xe Services, Academi), Philip Morris(Altria), Andersen Consulting (Accenture), ValuJet(AirTran, then bought by SouthWest) and many others

Don't forget the British Post Office's Consignia fiasco in 2002.
posted by Paul Slade at 4:04 AM on October 29, 2021 [3 favorites]


This news brought me back on the blue too.
posted by infini at 4:37 AM on October 29, 2021 [17 favorites]


Oculus -> Meta Quest
posted by box at 4:39 AM on October 29, 2021


Lawdy, the first thing I did when I heard the news was race here!
posted by h00py at 4:50 AM on October 29, 2021 [2 favorites]


Following the other Meta [app] naming scheme, FaceBook’s new search engine’s name is going to be…

Meta Filter
posted by rambling wanderlust at 4:51 AM on October 29, 2021


Probably a good time for any of us who can afford it to put more in the mefi kitty because while this is utter bs am sure the legal costs of dealing with be real.

Also screw Zuckface - as many have said up-thread this won't address any of FB's all too toxic issues.
posted by leslies at 4:51 AM on October 29, 2021 [1 favorite]


Thanks to CheesesOfBrazil’s vintage link, I learned the amazing phrase/band name/mefi username “ferrous swarf”.
posted by freecellwizard at 4:59 AM on October 29, 2021 [1 favorite]


It's not FAANG, and it's not MANGA. If F → M, it's time for G → A for Alphabet. Meaning, in alphabetical order:

Alphabet
Amazon
Apple
Meta
Netflix

I propose MAAAN.
posted by andreaazure at 5:00 AM on October 29, 2021 [3 favorites]


(I do not propose A MANA.)
posted by andreaazure at 5:01 AM on October 29, 2021 [2 favorites]


I don’t really care what the acronym is - we really just need a good collective noun for them. A “creepy uncle of Tech Firms” maybe? A malice of Tech Firms?
posted by inflatablekiwi at 5:19 AM on October 29, 2021 [3 favorites]


Meta holdings and all the other "meta"-named places ought to band together for a meta-"Meta"-lawsuit

it'll be so meta
posted by secretseasons at 5:30 AM on October 29, 2021 [2 favorites]


So Under was taken?
posted by erniepan at 5:39 AM on October 29, 2021 [1 favorite]


Another case of prior art:
Stephen Willats
Meta Filter (1973-1975)
Painted wood, perspex, computer, slide projector and problem book

The artwork was initiated in 1973 as a simulation of a state of society based on agreement. It investigates controversies around interpersonal relationships through collaborative work. The original interactive cabinet console provided two interfaces equipped with a monitor, a keyboard, a thesaurus of 1,000 descriptive words, and a copy of the »Problem Book«. The two participants received tasks to characterize the social and emotional dynamics depicted in the photographs on the screens. To fulfill the tasks they had to choose the matching words from the thesaurus and interchange their responses. »Meta Filter« led the participants through twelve problem areas within the field of interpersonal relationships. The purpose of the process was to reach a mutual understanding and possibly reach a state of agreement with the partner on the other side of the console.

Applying the principles of cybernetic homeostat, feedback, and the Concept Frame, Stephen Willats creates a simulation of social self-organization. The constant process of negotiation in search of a compromise constitutes the basis for stability in society.
(The opportunities for tagline jokes from this description are immense. Please goof responsibly.)
posted by Rock Steady at 5:49 AM on October 29, 2021 [4 favorites]


I checked, both snowscan.com and snowcrash.com are both taken. Snowscan is technology for measuring snow at ski resorts, which is reasonable. Snowcrash.com is a digital organization that turns art and other digital properties created by makers and influencers into green nfts. In other words, it's a machine for bullshit. So there go my two commercial ideas, one for blocking unsafe stuff, like fox news (snowscan) and one for trying to crash or at least screw up the new metaverse (snowcrash). Because if Zuck is going to steal from an old cyberpunk book that I enjoyed in the 90s, we all should.
posted by Hactar at 6:17 AM on October 29, 2021 [1 favorite]


This has got to be the stupidest rebranding since IBM renamed the AS/400 minicomputer range "System i" then wondered why nobody could find their product pages in web searches.
posted by cstross at 6:23 AM on October 29, 2021 [5 favorites]


Many years ago, the company I worked for, Burroughs, renamed itself Unisys.

The very first time I typed the company name into a document, the spellchecker thoughtfully suggested, "Anuses?"
posted by SPrintF at 6:36 AM on October 29, 2021 [28 favorites]


Facebook's announcement that it is changing its name to Meta has caused quite the stir in Israel where the word sounds like that for "dead".
posted by Lanark at 6:38 AM on October 29, 2021 [5 favorites]


This is the highest Order of Bullshit and I hate it. Hate. It.
posted by Faintdreams at 6:43 AM on October 29, 2021 [1 favorite]


Everything about Zuck is awkward, but this rebrand feels like so off and ominously desperate. Like if in 1992 Digital Equipment Corp rebranded itself as "Groovy" and launched with a logo with a grunge typeface.
posted by bendybendy at 6:53 AM on October 29, 2021 [10 favorites]


AN AAM.

Am being the name of the artificial intelligence that tortures and wipes out humanity in "I have no mouth and I must scream."
posted by cmfletcher at 6:54 AM on October 29, 2021 [4 favorites]


MANAA MANAA

(*doot doooo do do doot*)
posted by introp at 6:59 AM on October 29, 2021 [16 favorites]




I have never meta a facebook I didn't hate.

Is this the new metatalk? Also, my autocorrect is already capitalizing Meta?!
posted by blue shadows at 7:35 AM on October 29, 2021 [1 favorite]


Autocorrect gets the latest product whether or not you use it. Mine often substitutes "Parler" for "people", though I didn't mention the Nazisphere social network at all often; I'm guessing App Store rankings secured its place for all time.
posted by acb at 7:48 AM on October 29, 2021 [3 favorites]


.
posted by Bottlecap at 8:17 AM on October 29, 2021


PC LOAD META

wtf does that mean
posted by flabdablet at 8:34 AM on October 29, 2021 [6 favorites]


You'd think if you're dumping your money somewhere, you'd actually care that you're investing in the right company. Apparently not.
posted by sardonyx at 8:38 AM on October 29, 2021 [3 favorites]


I admit to laughing at this meme.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:51 AM on October 29, 2021 [11 favorites]


In the Oculus name change news posted above, it also notes other name changes. The AR/VR division is being renamed to Reality Labs. So is this the birth of the Matrix? Zuckface is going to be in charge of reality now? Oh, the horrors…
posted by njohnson23 at 9:06 AM on October 29, 2021


REALITY LA BS
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:30 AM on October 29, 2021 [1 favorite]


I admit to laughing at this meme.

Related
posted by gimonca at 10:14 AM on October 29, 2021 [1 favorite]


PC LOAD META

wtf does that mean


You need Meta paper in your paper cassette tray.
posted by Mitheral at 12:09 PM on October 29, 2021 [2 favorites]


Meta World Domination
posted by rhizome at 12:33 PM on October 29, 2021


I propose MAAAN.

We are all in the shit, so it feels more like NAAAM!
posted by rhizome at 12:38 PM on October 29, 2021


DTMFA
Dump the Meta, Fucking Asshole
posted by waving at 1:53 PM on October 29, 2021 [2 favorites]


@DennisThePerrin: Always remember that Facebook was developed at Harvard. So was napalm.
posted by Wordshore at 3:59 PM on October 29, 2021 [2 favorites]


“ All you wiseacres making fun of Meta with accurate dunks on how it’s a boring version of Ready Player Second Life won’t be laughing when Zuck buys Salesforce and your HR department requires you to attend mandatory sessions in the metaverse in order to get healthcare benefits” - bird app
posted by sjswitzer at 4:11 PM on October 29, 2021 [5 favorites]


in Israel where the word sounds like that for "dead"

Maybe they should have called it Nova.

Or, more appositely, Pajero.
posted by acb at 4:12 PM on October 29, 2021 [2 favorites]


Say what you will, but whoever is running Twitter's twitter account has some humor (this is a very meta tweet)

Twitter
@Twitter
BIG NEWS lol jk still Twitter
6:12 PM · Oct 28, 2021·Sprinklr
posted by bluesky43 at 5:02 PM on October 29, 2021 [7 favorites]


THERE IS NO "I" IN META

Yes there is, it's in the A hole.
posted by bendy at 6:47 PM on October 29, 2021 [5 favorites]


Meta is the Spanish word used to indicate the finish line, when you participate in a running competition, or in a cars race when you cross the finish line, you arrived to the META.
Quit suggesting names, That is stupid! they changed the name to META and is nothing that anyone in here can do about it
posted by CRESTA at 7:31 PM on October 29, 2021


I guess this is not a bullish signal that billionaires expect us to spend much time outdoors in the near future. Maybe Zuck had a bad experience on the electric surfboard.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 7:35 PM on October 29, 2021 [2 favorites]


I came back home just for this. It's Opposite Effect Day!
posted by moonbird at 7:37 PM on October 29, 2021


But this is our hill and these are our beans!
This is for fighting, this is for fun!
posted by Tehhund at 7:58 PM on October 29, 2021 [6 favorites]


Metafilter: The opportunities for tagline jokes.
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:19 PM on October 29, 2021 [2 favorites]


I'm very late to this party because that nor'easter that slammed southern New England earlier this week knocked out our electricity around 4 in the morning Wednesday, and it only came back on earlier tonight when I was at work. I've been skimming the thread on my phone (trying to conserve power and not logged in on my phone and can't remember password so could not comment, and for me engaging with this community means sitting at my desk, plugging away on my cranky desktop, I'm old) and I hope someone reads the posts down here.

There have been lots of comments and thoughts about the legal and financial twists and turns regarding this, and that got me thinking. I think we have a legit case to sue them, or demand a big cash payout to NOT sue them. I have three, maybe four, precedents for the case.

First, my favorite band Dinosaur Jr. started out as simple Dinosaur. Then these relics, who performed as The Dinosaurs, threatened to sue, and they changed the name to Dinosaur Jr.

Second, my brother in common law, who is a member here and can confirm the story, had a band in college called Vitamin C. One day they were contacted by a indy label from New York that had an up and coming performer who also used the stage name Vitamin C, and offered them a nice cash payout to stop being Vitamin C.

Third, I work for a place called The Barn, Bowl, and Bistro, a kick ass restaurant and bowling alley here on Martha's Vineyard. If some person were to try to open a similar place and decided to name it The Barn, Bowl, and Gastropub, my boss and the silent partners would sue the living fuck out of them.

There is also that Coca-Cola/Polar beverages dustup from 1994, where Polar moved swiftly to protect their polar bear logo when Coke started those Xmas ads with polar bears.

So, I often recommend people to check out Metafilter, and proudly tell people if they ask if I am on facebork that no, I'm on Metafilter. I do not want people to get the two confused. Also 1999 was a long time ago. So please cabal, please cortex, please mathowie, make these assholes pay one way or another. I've got feelers out to a few lawyers I know, and if I file a class action suit, I'll let everyone know, and invite them to join. This is some bullshit. Funny bullshit sure, but bullshit all the same. Time for itty bitty David to select the stones for his sling.

Go get em.
posted by vrakatar at 10:01 PM on October 29, 2021 [8 favorites]


MetaFilter: It's the better Meta.
posted by a humble nudibranch at 10:22 PM on October 29, 2021 [5 favorites]


vrakatar, perhaps you are unfamiliar with how the USA legal system works. After the first $100 billion (actually, probably the threshold is 1000x lower or more), laws simply fail to apply to you. (This also seems to work if you are on TV.)
posted by rikschell at 5:59 AM on October 30, 2021 [4 favorites]


Facebook = AOL
posted by geekP1ng at 8:21 AM on October 30, 2021 [2 favorites]


I'm here, and you have my bow.

What about your stern?


*you're stern
posted by Greg_Ace at 1:16 PM on October 30, 2021 [2 favorites]


I would just like to point out: Supposedly we are for democracy and rule of law and all that. And we are dead set against dictators and oligarchs and such non-representative systems.

So
  • Libya = bad (GDP $25 billion)
  • Cuba = bad (GDP $100 billion)
  • Sudan = bad (GDP $26 billion)
  • Eritrea = bad (GDP $2 billion)
  • Turkmenistan = bad (GDP $45 billion)
  • Burundi = bad (GDP $3.2 billion)
  • North Korea = super-dooper-pooper bad (GDP $28 billion)
and so on . . .

You get where I'm coming from. "Meta" is run as more or less a dictatorship with Zuckerberg the dictator or AT BEST an oligarchy run by a small cadre of privileged, insular, and - most of all - extremely rich people. There are exactly 9 people on its Board of Directors.

Those 9 people are not exactly a representative sample of Facebook users or the countries across the world where Facebook wields massive influence or even Facebook employees.

They are representative of super-rich, super-insular America tech jackasses and that is about it.

On top of that, Facebook has "the most centralized decision-making structure I have ever encountered in a large company".

Why in the world do we tolerate this? Why is this even allowed under the law of a (supposedly) democratic country? Why are we not doing our utmost to topple it, just as we would any of the odious totalitarian and dictatorial regimes I listed above?

And oh yeah - In short, it's way, way bigger than most of the countries on our shit list and in many ways its evil influence is - though different in some ways from that of a dictator or totalitarian government - just as bad or even worse in its own way.

I'm just puzzled why anyone thinks is a good, or even marginally acceptable, governance model for anything remotely this large and influential. Why are we not dismantling this massive and vile entity as soon as possible?

There is literally no way any entity could be that large and that ill-governed and be an influence for anything but pure evil in the world.

Can anyone explain this to me? Anyone?
posted by flug at 5:22 PM on October 30, 2021 [7 favorites]


Money Talks.
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:37 PM on October 30, 2021


When I lived down the street from Harvard, it was not uncommon that sometimes I Meta clever twerp who thought he was a genius.
posted by Philofacts at 8:58 PM on October 30, 2021 [1 favorite]


In short, it's way, way bigger than most of the countries on our shit list and in many ways its evil influence is - though different in some ways from that of a dictator or totalitarian government - just as bad or even worse in its own way.

Facebook is awful (and has, to be clear, enabled genocide via its policites) but it doesn’t actually have an army, or guns, or throw people in prison. It is not simply “different in some ways” from a dictator. It’s absolutely, 100%, a categorically different thing than a state actor.
posted by Going To Maine at 10:21 PM on October 30, 2021 [2 favorites]


Why in the world do we tolerate this? Why is this even allowed under the law of a (supposedly) democratic country? Why are we not doing our utmost to topple it, just as we would any of the odious totalitarian and dictatorial regimes I listed above?
...
Can anyone explain this to me? Anyone?


Perhaps Noam Chomsky can.
posted by flabdablet at 11:39 PM on October 30, 2021 [1 favorite]




I mean....if Zuckerberg tries to sue us for the name, we can win because we can prove we've been using this name way longer, right?

Perhaps, if the legal system were merit based and not established on who has the most expensive lawyers.
posted by dances with hamsters at 5:37 PM on October 31, 2021 [1 favorite]


Their new logo is a highly discouraged infinity symbol.
posted by Jane the Brown at 8:48 AM on November 1, 2021 [2 favorites]


The thing about this that's amazing to me is that the Metaverse either doesn't exist yet (e.g.: if we're talking about Snow Crash, Ready Player One/Two, holodecks, etc..) or already exists but kinda sucks compared to the fictional ones (e.g.: Second Life, Fortnite, Club Penguin, etc...). To change not only the name of your company but also your stock ticker symbol based on what seems like not much more than a hope and a dream is wild to me. Like, to me this would be like Google changing their name and ticker symbol to something like "Plus" in order to let people know that they were serious about social networking and Google Plus but before they had even released Google Plus. Which, tbh, would have been hilarious.
posted by mhum at 9:24 AM on November 1, 2021 [7 favorites]


I was fairly interested in Second Life during its heyday around 2006. I was studying and then teaching at an Master of Architecture program, and read various scholarly books and papers on it. We all thought it was the next big thing, maybe the future of architecture, the City, etc.
Then, all the universities, brands, etc., that had spent time and money to establish a presence in Second Life realized nobody was using it, and there were a series of articles on how Second Life had become a large virtual ghost town.
I think that the problem was that the 3d-online tech didn't really offer a new or enriched mode of interaction for social usage. Having your 'avatar' invite other avatars into your 3d, online 'house' isn't really a party. It's just chatting while looking at a 3d model.
So far, 3d environments are fun to play games in, but don't really add that much to just hanging out and chatting.
Until they figure out what 3d worlds can add to basic human socializing, the metaverse will continue to be a pipe dream.
posted by signal at 3:30 PM on November 1, 2021 [5 favorites]


Having your 'avatar' invite other avatars into your 3d, online 'house' isn't really a party. It's just chatting while looking at a 3d model.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.
posted by flabdablet at 11:18 PM on November 1, 2021 [2 favorites]


Their new logo is a highly discouraged infinity symbol.

I'm sure that this had something to do with it.
posted by rhizome at 11:26 PM on November 1, 2021




Is WTF? available?
posted by y2karl at 12:38 PM on November 4, 2021


Response from the company already named Meta.
ZuckCorp has no imagination, as well as being bullies and cheap bastidges.
posted by theora55 at 5:15 PM on November 4, 2021 [4 favorites]


I have decided to upgrade "fuck" to "zuck" wherever I need to express irritation or fury or wrongness. Zuck you, zuck off, what the actual zuck, snazu, zubar and so forth. I expect the upgrade to be worthwhile and wish to encourage others to do likewise.

A fuck is fun in ways that a zuck could never be. The upgraded swear is wholly and unambiguously venomous.

Also considering "that zucks".
posted by flabdablet at 10:39 PM on November 4, 2021 [6 favorites]


I actually really like that idea because fucking is a fun thing and a privilege. We should not be saying "fuck them" or "fuck off" to assholes. They dont deserve fucking. But they do deserve a zucking.
posted by LizBoBiz at 1:33 AM on November 5, 2021 [2 favorites]


Yeah. Zuck those assholes right to the middle of the zucking Sun.
posted by flabdablet at 4:25 AM on November 5, 2021 [1 favorite]


Is WTF? available?

TBH, it would depend on how you want to use it.
posted by snuffleupagus at 12:48 PM on November 6, 2021


So far, 3d environments are fun to play games in, but don't really add that much to just hanging out and chatting.
Until they figure out what 3d worlds can add to basic human socializing, the metaverse will continue to be a pipe dream.


Sure I’ve commented it before, sure I’ll comment it again, but I once saw Raph Koster give a talk in which he hypothesized that Facebook itself had essentially been the great white social MMO that others had been hunting. It stuck with me then and it sticks with me now.
posted by Going To Maine at 6:43 PM on November 9, 2021


Zuckerman vs zuck: Hey, Facebook, I Made a Metaverse 27 Years Ago
posted by flabdablet at 5:09 AM on November 10, 2021 [1 favorite]


Has anyone noticed that Facebook (or Meta, whatever), as part of this whole metaverse press release thing, is launching its own augmented reality glasses ala Google Glass? Not a joke. There’s a Ray-Ban partnership and everything.

If wearing Glass made you a glasshole, will wearing these make you a zuckface?
posted by romanb at 5:30 AM on November 11, 2021 [3 favorites]


I think the reason that's not getting a lot of buzz is because it's not new - it came out earlier this year. It's a bit unfortunate that those glasses aren't ugly or distinctive enough for me to necessarily notice or judge people who wear them...
posted by mosst at 6:00 AM on November 11, 2021 [1 favorite]


They also don't have an inbuilt display, which would make them a metaverse nonstarter. Covert audiovisual surveillance and audio comms is all that they do. So they'll move a lot of units to creepers, especially given that so many are going to end up torn off and stomped.

Then again, given Faceperve's attitude to surveillance I wouldn't be surprised to see "torn off and stomped" listed as a valid reason for replacement under warranty.
posted by flabdablet at 6:17 AM on November 11, 2021 [1 favorite]


Do they come with a complementary
RECORDING IN PROGRESS
t-shirt?
posted by snuffleupagus at 6:56 AM on November 12, 2021 [1 favorite]


Iceland taking the piss out of Zuck and Meta.
posted by Mitheral at 12:45 PM on November 13, 2021 [3 favorites]


launching its own augmented reality glasses ala Google Glass? Not a joke. There’s a Ray-Ban partnership and everything.

There were TV commercials for it earlier this year (summer, maybe), but they weren't Facebook commercials, they were by Ray Ban. Branding fig leaf.
posted by rhizome at 12:38 PM on November 14, 2021 [1 favorite]


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