Big news this week, as Facebook announced its parent company will be called Meta. And no, based on the conversations I’ve been seeing on social media, Facebook will remain Facebook, Meta is the name of the parent group, like Alphabet is for Google.
This announcement is part of the company attempting to address its shattered image, and is in line with its plans to build the “metaverse,” which is an online world where people can game, work and communicate in a virtual environment, often using VR headsets.
What’s a metaverse? Stay tuned…. But if you want to get an inkling, watch your teenager (or adult child) playing games and all it entails. It encapsulates what a metaverse potentially looks like, although the long term idea is definitely a bigger, broader vision.
I know a lot of people might find this all a bit frightening, which is often the case when looking at new technology before its fully defined or understood. However, this capability is already with us, we just can’t seem to get a handle on what it looks like, or means, in regards to how we live our lives, long term. Something to watch closely, perhaps?
Regardless of anything else that Meta (previously Facebook) says, considering how divisive Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp have been, this all-in to the metaverse leaves me feeling apprehensive. Until Meta actually addresses the big issues that have created so much harm in the world, including sorting out the underlying technology algorithms, and more, well I’m not so keen on this company leading the way and sucking us all into its version of the “metaverse.”
They have lost our trust, and a new name will not change that. I hope they have heard this feedback. Change doesn’t require a fancy new name and logo, but a real commitment to rebuilding trust, and transparency like we’ve never seen before. All businesses need to be focused here.
Friend’s content and mine
Solving Phuket’s plastic problem: 7 reasons to stop drinking bottled water one of Phuket’s frontline champions for the environment – Palmer Owyoung. This is a message that can reach well beyond Phuket.
How Social Media Platforms Are Supporting the Climate Change Conversation, and How Businesses Can Get Involved a new friend, Luan Wise, has just published this whitepaper. Dig in.
5 Things That Will Sabotage Your Success – I’ve always enjoyed Andrew Bryant’s five tips. Have a listen. So much goodness in here about how we get “framed” before we’re even born, and what we can do about it.
And my latest podcast Youthful arrogance or leadership failure? with Joe Augustin. Such an interesting discussion that is great for ambitious youngers, or leaders who may be missing vital talent.
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And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
The Beginning of the End of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – tks Dominic Powers
100 Awesome Minutes to Help Fix the Planet – tks Tim Wade
Climate change: Major US oil companies to be quizzed in Congress tks Steve Johnson
Officials temper expectations ahead of COP26
Business and Technology
Social issues and humanity
Dove | Reverse Selfie | Have #TheSelfieTalk tks Mireille Barber
Horrifying and hilarious lies that have been used to boss women tks Phillipa Edwards
Is internet addiction a growing problem? tks Steve Johnson
Passion, humour, history
Honest Government Ad | COP26 Climate Summit tks to a LOT of people who shared this with me privately. This is not one to watch if you’re offended by swearing… #justsayin
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