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Facebook: renamed 'Meta' - a new chapter begins

( - Lightning has struck in the GAFAM world today.
.. Through the voice of its emblematic leader Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook yesterday announced that it was now becoming... Meta.

Beyond the name change, it is above all a paradigm shift that must be perceived. We are at the beginning of the next chapter of the Internet, and it is also the next chapter for our company, the social networking pioneer said.

Facebook's "meta-morphosis" is already opening the door to a futuristic universe that is still difficult to grasp, that of the "metaverse", a kind of immersive platform with infinite and unfathomable applications - moreover, Meta's developers made no mistake in choosing the infinity logo, a horizontal "8", as the symbol of the new entity.

In concrete terms, it should be understood that the "metaverse" is a virtual, fictional world in which it will be possible to immerse oneself, whether through a virtual reality headset or via the Internet of Things.

In the metaverse, you can do almost anything you can imagine - get together with friends and family, work, learn, play, shop, create - in addition to completely new experiences, Mark Zuckerberg says.

He is already promising instant teleportation in the form of a hologram, virtual presence at the office, at a concert... Think about how many physical things you have today that could be holograms in the future, he continues.

Our hope is that over the next decade, the metaverse will reach a billion people, host hundreds of billions of dollars of digital commerce and support jobs for millions of creators and developers, he adds.

Facebook shares were up just over 1% in early trading in New York today.

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