Facebook renamed ‘Meta’, Says Mark Zuckerberg

Social media Facebook has changed its name. Now it will be known as ‘Meta’. Apps like Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp will remain the same under the meta.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced the name change at a virtual event on Thursday. He said, ‘I have thought a lot about the introduction of our new chapter. We now see this organization as a huge virtual organization.’

Zuckerberg founded Facebook Inc. in 2004. This is what is now known as ‘Meta Inc.’ In 2012, Facebook bought Instagram to share photos and videos.

Then in 2014, WhatsApp bought the voice, message and photo exchange app.

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Meta

Why Changed Facebook to Meta?

Recently, Facebook has been criticized for various issues, including the lack of security for users. The company has come under fire, especially for leaking various internal data through a few former employees.

In view of this, Facebook has announced to change the name for the new branding.

How did Facebook start?

On 11 January 2004, Mark Zuckerberg, a second-year student at Harvard University, registered thefacebook.com web address for one year.

His friends did not give much importance to it. They are already familiar with Mark’s web-programming habits.

He once got into a lot of trouble because of creating a website called Facemash. This is why his friends thought of this new ‘The Facebook’ as a similar project.

The name ‘Facebook’ was originally a list of pictures of students at every house in Harvard. The students have long demanded the authorities to create an online version of Facebook.

So that they can look at everyone’s profile. But Harvard did not meet the demand, despite repeated assurances.

The students knew it was not that difficult. Because communication media like Friendster, MySpace came to the internet by that time.

Mark himself used Friendster. He also thought of borrowing some ideas from Friendstar on his newly registered site.

Friendstar was originally a dating website. Users could find a mate from among their mutual friends.

Seeing this, Harvard students said, “If a person in San Francisco can make a friendstar, can’t the Harvard authorities make a simple online Facebook?”

Facebook Renamed 'Meta'
Facebook Renamed ‘Meta’

An article on the subject was published in the Harvard magazine Crimson. There was an urge to create an online Facebook as well as guidelines on how it should be.

Special emphasis was laid on giving students the opportunity to add their own pictures and information to their profiles.

While everyone on campus was busy making these demands to the authorities, Mark sat down to plan his own Facebook. He did not want to lose the opportunity to show his thumb to the authorities.

Crimson’s article came in handy. His ‘The Facebook’ has come up with the facility for students to create their own profiles and connect with others like Friendster.

All of Mark’s previous websites were hosted from his personal laptop. He ran them using Harvard’s network. But he wanted to keep The Facebook out of Harvard.

So he took advantage of a computer server from a hosting company called Manage.com for 75 a month.

The website was originally started to give Harvard children the opportunity to share information among themselves. So that boys and girls can easily know what is happening in their school.

It was quite new here, not to find a mate for dating like the others, but to facilitate general communication.

On 4 February 2004, Mark Zuckerberg clicked on his Manage.com link. ‘The Facebook’ came alive online.

Then the campaign started. Three hundred students at Kirkland House, Mark’s residence in Harvard, were invited to join Facebook by mail. It started to spread, which is still going on today.

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Who is Mark Zuckerberg

His full name is Mark Elliott Zuckerberg. His real identity is as the founder of the popular social media. He is the chairman, CEO and regulatory partner of Facebook.

He is also the co-founder of the Solar Sail spacecraft development project Breakthrough Starshot and one of the board members.

Zuckerberg was born in White Plains, New York. He studied at Harvard University.

There he co-founded Facebook with his classmates Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCallum, Dustin Moskowitz and Chris Hughes.

Although initially only intended for college campuses, it spread rapidly. At just 23 years old, he became the world’s youngest self-made billionaire.

By November 2020, Zuckerberg’s net worth was about 9.7 billion. Which made him the 4th richest person in the world.

He is the only person under the age of 40 in the list of 20 richest people of Forbes.

In 2010, Mark Zuckerberg was featured on the cover of Time Magazine, the world’s most widely read weekly.

The US-based Time magazine named him Person of the Year that year.