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(Content was last edited by Ray Chan in 3/12/2021.)


Breaking News from Facebook

About Meta | Glossary
Is Facebook Dead? Why?
Can Metaverse become ‘The Next Universe’?
Best Facebook Alternatives
Frequently Asked Questions

Breaking News from Facebook

On October 28, 2021, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced at the annual conference of Facebook connect that Facebook would change its name to "Meta" and its stock code "FB" to "MVRS". This has triggered a lot of speculation from people inside and outside the industry, including Facebook's loyal supporters and new users. 

facebook company's product

- Social media software alternatives

So what does Meta mean? What's the special significance of renaming Facebook to Meta? What are the outstanding impacts of Meta on various industries? If you have used or intend to use Facebook or its famous products, such as Instagram and WhatsApp, this article can reshape your view of Facebook (Meta) and help you understand the basic development direction of Facebook in the past and the next few years.

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In fact, the renaming of Meta (Facebook) will not make you unable to log in to Facebook on your mobile phone or computer. You don't have to worry at all! 

Well then, since it won't affect my online chat with friends from all over the world, so that's all for today? NOT YET! 

Here are the FAQs we observed about Meta:

Is WhatsApp from Meta?
What is the new Meta?
What is Mark Zuckerberg's Metaverse?
What exactly is the Metaverse?
Why is Facebook Meta now?
Why did Facebook change to Meta?
Who owns Facebook now?
What is the difference between Metaverse and multiverse?
What do you mean by Meta?
What is the opposite of Meta?

We will cover all these questions in following content! Keep exploring! 

For ordinary Facebook users, they may have obtained all the information they need, but for some special industries, such as SEO, finance, and VR equipment manufacturing industry.

The 'Butterfly Effect' caused by Facebook's renaming may bring great changes to the marketing strategies of these industries in the next few years, and even affect everyone's future lifestyle.

- A potential butterfly effect of Facebook rebranding as Meta

What is Butterfly Effect?The butterfly effect means that small changes in the air system may lead to chain reactions over a long period of time and in a large range, and eventually lead to great changes in other systems. In the 1960s, the famous American meteorologist Edward Lorenz put forward the concept of the butterfly effect. He simulated the "Weather Forecast" by computer and found that if the input data is fine-tuned, the calculation results will be very different. The concept is vividly expressed as: a tornado in Texas may have been caused by a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil a month ago. The name "Butterfly Effect" was born then.

About Meta | Glossary

Before digging into the deep reasons why Facebook changed its name to Meta, we need to understand the following glossaries: VR & AR, Metaverse, Gen Y, Gen Z, and Facebook


VR and AR is abbreviated from Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). 

VR stands for Virtual reality, which refers to a computer simulation system that can create and experience the virtual world. It uses the computer to generate a simulation environment. It is a system simulation of multi-source information fusion, interactive three-dimensional dynamic scene, and entity behavior so that users can immerse themselves in the environment. 

virtual reality

- Virtual reality (VR) games

AR is short for Augmented Reality, which is also known as augmented reality technology. It is a technology to calculate the position and angle of camera images in real-time and add corresponding images, videos, and 3D models. 

The goal of this technology is to set the virtual world in the real world and interact on the screen. 

There are essential differences between VR and AR, such as different application scenarios, working principles, and functions.

augmented reality

- Augmented Reality (AR) Technology


"Meta" means "beyond" in Greek. "Meta" is also used by current Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as the new name of its parent company. Coincidentally, "Meta" is also the first four letters of the science fiction word "Metaverse", which mainly refers to the huge virtual reality world integrating VR and AR technologies. 

The concept of "Metaverse" was first proposed by American writer Neal Stephenson in his science fiction novel "Snow Crash" in 1992. Neal Stephenson presents readers with a multi-functional 3D virtual world with free form. In this world, people have no fixed identity, and all information is generated through simulation. 

- Snow Cash (1992) by Neal Stephenson

As for "Metaverse", the more recognized thought source is Professor Vernor Steffen Vinge, an American mathematician and computer expert. In his novel True Names published in 1981, he creatively conceived a virtual world that enters and obtains sensory experience through a brain-computer interface. Metaverse includes everything. 

- True Names (1981) by Professor Vernor Steffen Vinge

Even now, the future world constructed by its content is still very advanced.

Gen Y

Definition: Gen Y is short for Generation Y (also known as Millennials), it refers to the generation who was born underage in the 20th century and reached adult age after entering the 21st century (i.e. 2000). The growth period of this generation almost coincides with the formation of Internet/computer science and the period of rapid development.  

- Some famous celebrities from Gen Y
Source: Onthisday-millennial

Features of Gen Y: People born in the Gen Y era are famous for daring to challenge, tech-savvy, and ambitious. It is worth mentioning that Gen Y people are also witnesses of the growth of social media and are called "digital data pioneers". Interesting thing is, Zuckerberg (1984) is a digital aborigine born in the Gen Y period.

Gen Z

Definition: Gen Z is short for Generation Z, it refers to the generation born between 1995 and 2009. They are seamlessly connected with the network information age as soon as they are born. They are greatly affected by digital information technology, instant messaging devices, smartphone products, etc., so they are also known as "Network Generation", "Internet Generation", and "Digital Natives", etc. 

- Some famous celebrities from Gen Z
Source: Onthisday-generation z

Features of Gen Z: People born in the Gen Z era can access information more easily than Gen Y, and all kinds of social media have become ubiquitous in the Gen Z era. People born in the Gen Z era pursue a better sense of experience, and they often care more about 'Taste', which is also one of the important reasons for the loss of younger Gen Z users on the Facebook platform (keep reading for more!)

- Features of Different Generations since 1900


As we all know, Facebook is commonly seen as one of the largest social platforms on the planet - Yes, the one that attracts billions of traffic every month for the Facebook company, which is also known as one of its most successful products. 

However, although Facebook has such huge monthly traffic, it is obvious that as one of the oldest social platforms, Facebook is losing young users, especially when compared with other same social platforms such as TikTok.

Just as how Mark Zuckerberg defined: "Facebook is a company that establishes connection technology, but obviously Facebook does not fully cover all the businesses of the company."

Although social networking is still the focus of its business, the social positioning of the Facebook platform is too clear, which makes its parent company lag behind its competitors in the fields of the short video, virtual reality, augmented reality, and physical applications in the same period, main competitors of Facebook such as short video giant TikTok, VR giant iTechArt, AR giant ScienceSoft, etc. are grabbing owned traffic from Facebook. 

- Facebook is facing great challenges from other platforms such as Tiktok

For various reasons Facebook changed its name from Facebook to Meta, which indicates that Meta degraded Facebook to a product at the same level as Instagram and WhatsApp and Facebook no longer represents the main direction of Meta

Is Facebook Dead? Why?

Not Really. 

As Facebook’s current CEO Mark Zuckerberg told The Verge early in July, “In the next few years when people hear about Facebook, they will actively think that it is a Metaverse company rather than a social media company.” Mark Zuckerberg's intention is very obvious, that is, to change the current direction of Facebook's business from social media to Metaverse. 

- Facebook Rebranded as Meta

Source: uploadvr

Although Facebook has begun to adjust its business structure and demonstrated its determination and goals, some of Facebook's subsidiaries are well known by the public for all kinds of negative news about the product, which caused considerable trouble to Facebook's reputation. 

So, It is not so much that Facebook is actively changing the brand name to Meta, it is more passive - this social media giant was once known for its high-quality online social networking and now was a carved mark of shame because of the scandals -  inciting division, undermining democracy, and leaking private data. 

Why did Facebook change its name to Meta? The following content can help you analyze a more comprehensive understanding of Facebook's business logic behind the renaming to Meta.

Reason 1: To Get Rid of Negative Brand Image

The Fuse: Cambridge Analytica Data Scandal

Do you know that your personal information may or has been leaked by the Facebook platform? As early as 2016, there was an app quiz called "This is your digital life" on the Facebook platform. In this activity, more than 87 million personal user data were collected by a British consulting company called Cambridge Analytica without user consent and were used for political advertising in 2016 - that's right, it was the year of the presidential election of Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. 

- Cambridge Analytica Data Scandal in early 2016

Later, some insider stories were exposed under the exposure of a series of parties. Facebook first apologized for the illegal data collection caused by its weak supervision. Then in July 2019, Facebook was fined up to $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission (known for FTC) for violating user privacy. Since then, the data privacy of social media has become the focus of public attention, and Facebook's brand image has also plummeted due to this scandal. 

- Facebook will bear a $5 billion fine for privacy failures
Source: VOX

What's more, the Facebook platform turned a blind eye to the data disclosure, which is neither legal nor reasonable, is more likely to make the younger generation of users feel uncomfortable, and Facebook may then be suffering from a much more serious loss of younger users.

Due to the Cambridge analysis data scandal, Facebook not only paid a huge fine but also wear an extremely bad reputation. 

- Thumbs Down to Facebook 

For some Gen Z user groups, it is totally unacceptable to have their data privacy disclosed by a third-party platform, especially for a giant platform famous for social networking such as Facebook. It was just like walking naked on the street.

However, what really raised the crisis degree of Facebook to a historical level was the Frances Haugen "whistleblower" incident that occurred not long ago. 

The First Step Taken By Frances Haugen

Frances Haugen, a former employee of Facebook, accused Facebook of using the ranking algorithm to provoke "Amplification of anger, polarization, and division", Frances Haugen also disclosed some cruel facts to the public through thousands of pages of Facebook internal materials and research documents: Facebook hides a series of actions that incite division, undermine democracy, damage the mental health of young users and put profits above the public interest. 

- 'Whistleblower' on the Facebook Algorithm - Frances Haugen

She also pointed out that Facebook management still chose to continue to use Facebook as well as relevant algorithms to make the company more profitable, despite knowing the consequences 

In addition to ignoring user privacy, Facebook's numerous crimes also include:

● Deliberately display controversial content to obtain traffic
● Inciting riots in the United States Capitol
● Instagram's algorithm recommendation mode makes adolescent girls' suicidal thoughts become more frequent and also causes physiological problems such as loss of appetite and increased discomfort
● Use powerful algorithms to exploit teenagers, amplify their sense of insecurity, and put company profits above the well-being of children and all users through misleading clicks and improper agreements
● Etc…

The Focusing of Public Attention Needs to Divert

Do you know that Facebook is seen as a notorious technology company not just in the United States but also in many other countries? Obviously, it's more than that...

According to the latest Canadian poll, 40% of Canadians hold a negative view of Facebook, saying that it amplifies hate speech, helps spread false news, damages individual mental health, and poses risks to children and teenagers. At the same time, several subsidiaries software of Meta is currently facing huge fines from many countries and organizations because of antitrust, privacy, and other problems

- Facebook's behavior caused strong public dissatisfaction

These problems have caused a great plummet in Facebook's stock price and destroyed its company image. The reason why Facebook chose to change its name to Meta is very much like Google years before. It is forced to transfer contradictions. 

In this case, it is wise for Facebook to choose to change its name to get rid of its negative image in the past. After all, in the internet era of information overloading, there is too much information, but people's attention is limited. After consuming netizens' emotions and makes them insensitive to the past information, which is equivalent to constructing a new Facebook.

Just as Abby Smith Rumsey wrote in her book "When We Are No More Hardcover", as mentioned:

"Memories written on mud tablets, stone tablets, papyrus, and manuscripts can be preserved for thousands of years. The average length of memory written on the Internet is only 100 days. Once the network platform is closed, our memories, hobbies, life insights, and learning materials will disappear." 

- We Are No More HardcoverCash (2016) by Abby Smith Rumsey

The Facebook scandal is bound to be gradually forgotten by the public with the progress of time, at least at that time that's how Zuckerberg thinks at the beginning.

Reason 2: Reshaping brand image and continuing with a brand variety for Facebook

In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook (also known as the Facemash) - a social giant followed after Six Degrees. By 2021, Meta is betting on the social media prospect in a decade.

As mentioned earlier when introducing Facebook, Meta company degraded Facebook to a product at the same level as Instagram and WhatsApp, which no longer represent the main business direction of Meta company. In fact, it draws lessons from Google's reconsturction of the Alpha Inc. in 2015.

Why Google Became Alphabet? - In 2015, Google was reorganized as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet Inc, the move was seen as an intention to help allay the market's fears by streamlining operations and providing investor visibility into the operations of Alphabet's new ventures and acquisitions. It helped Alphabet prove to investors that it can deliver profits even as it explores new markets and avenues for future profits. - Investopedia

At present, Meta has more than 10,000 employees building consumer hardware such as AR glasses. Zuckerberg believes that this hardware will eventually be as ubiquitous as smartphones, and they will build a complete Metaverse.

And Mark Zuckerberg expects that in the next decade, Metaverse will have 1 billion users, have hundreds of billions of dollars of digital commerce, and provide jobs for millions of creators and developers.

- Metaverse AR Glasses
Source: Rochester EDU

In fact, the trend of Metaverse has really entered our life at this stage. Concepts such as game field, VR, NFT, virtual reality, virtual idol, and blockchain are related to the "Metaverse" of the current fire. Meta universe is also considered by many people in the industry as the direction of future life and development.

Facebook is gradually lagging behind in the competition of Internet giants. It has naturally become the primary task to make new business breakthroughs and find new growth points. The emergence of Meta can be seen not only as a necessary layout for Facebook to win business opportunities in the future competition but also as a helpless move to deal with the current multi-party pressure.

Therefore, the renaming of Facebook is not just a simple update of name and logo, but a typical means for enterprises to reshape their brands

Reason 3: To Get rid of the dilemma and Bring Facebook back to life

The renaming of Meta company brings Metaverse, a non-innovative hot spot, to the public again. Microsoft, NVIDIA, and other technology giants will enter the field of the Metaverse. 

Therefore, the Metaverse is a battleground for many technology giants. In addition to their main business, VR / AR and other virtual reality products can also bring them huge profits and the abroad market. 

For Facebook, entering Metaverse is a correct and necessary decision. 

There are two deep reasons: one is the decline of Facebook's revenue, and the other is that Facebook is constantly challenged by its competitors.

Facebook's Revenue Fell

Facebook once spent a lot of money to acquire Instagram, WhatsApp, etc. and these platforms also brought huge traffic and benefits to Facebook. However, even so, there are various reasons that led to the continuous decline of this number. 

The reason is that Facebook is deeply involved in a privacy scandal, which just hit Apple's right to "Privacy Minefield". Apple has billions of mobile terminal devices users in the world. 

For Facebook, if it cannot provide services for this huge market, it means that Facebook is likely to lose its current leading position in social media, and various signs show that this trend is very obvious. 

Facebook also knows that mobile phones are the terminal devices of this generation, which may not be replaced easily. 

Entering into the Metaverse provides Facebook with such a possibility: challenging the status of traditional mobile terminal devices through Oculus helmets with the highest market share may not be a fantasy. 

- The Oculus VR Headsets

Although Facebook has been exposed to scandals for many years, it still has all the conditions to enter the Metaverse. Therefore, the development of the Metaverse is necessary

Facebook is lagging behind competition much easier than before

As mentioned earlier, the younger generation of consumers has begun to abandon Facebook. The former social platform overlord gradually loses its dominance in the highly competitive social media market. 

Moreover, the social media market changes with each passing day, and new platform applications will emerge and challenge, such as TikTok and clubhouse, Facebook is gradually losing its old style. 

- Tiktok, one of the biggest competitors alive in the social media area of Facebook

Although Facebook used to maintain its dominant position through mergers and acquisitions, such as Instagram and WhatsApp, it has always been plagued by the suspicion of monopolizing the market and is unable to prevent the continuous decline of its social traffic and growth. 

For example, young people in North America use TikTok much longer than Instagram. Therefore When Facebook's social market is gradually saturated, how to find the second curve of career growth is particularly important. 

When Facebook still has the advantage of being a digital pioneer, Metaverse then becomes a great opportunity.

The Strong Determination of Mark Zuckerberg

It is not difficult for us to guess Zuckerberg's real intention - to make more investment and improve brand exposure through brand publicity, so as to make their transformation more smooth. Facebook has indeed done so. 

In addition to establishing relevant departments and investing a lot of money and other entities for Metaverse, it also vigorously publicizes the company's determination to invest in Metaverse.

Except for announcing the renaming of Facebook to Meta, Facebook will spend $10 billion on Facebook Reality Labs to build Metaverse before the end of 2021. Facebook will even continue to invest in the next few years, so it may lose money for several years.

This inevitably raises questions from some Facebook shareholders. 

Even though Meta does have an unshakable dominant position in social networking and can make profits through many of its social software, when the prospects of Metaverse are not yet clear, it is unwise to continue to use these stable revenues as venture capital. 

But Zuckerberg still emphasizes various situational planning under such circumstances. 

He shapes possible life scenarios in the future with innovative content, and try to use these new gimmicks to stabilize these shareholders, and even attract new capital inflows so that the company can have a continuous flow of money for investment and R & D. It must be said that this is a very wise move.

The Ultimate Confidence of the Facebook Company

For Facebook, how to run this huge social media company continuously and healthily? There is only one answer, that is to make full use of the advantages of talents. 

As one of the largest companies in the world, Facebook has never lacked excellent job applicants. 

In the face of the employment wave of generation Z, Facebook must create a company future and environment that more attracts young people. 

Young people from Gen Z pay more attention to embracing creativity and change and are eager to have more opportunities to contact new things. 

'The Sense of Meaning' is one of the pronouns of generation Z. For the Z generation youth who are about to enter the workplace, creative, novel, and challenging work content can attract their favor. 

So is Metaverse a challenging job? 

Obviously YES.

Zuckerberg also described to us a new world that can subvert the tradition and connect the virtual future by sharing various blueprints of Metaverse. 

Whether he can successfully attract Gen Z to join in to change the future may be the key factor for Meta to save themselves.

The Determination of Mark Zuckerberg and Meta

In fact, Facebook's seemingly abnormal actions of a high-profile name change, planning its blueprint, and capital investment are to show determination to its suppliers all over the world, attract their attention and attract more people to join the ranks of Meta universe. 

As Zuckerberg showed in the live broadcast, the Metaverse is a virtual world like the real world, where you can carry out various activities, including sports, shopping, watching movies, and entertainment. 

Therefore, Metaverse is not only a novel technology and application, it is also an extension to the establishment of the whole ecosystem. 

So, it can be understood that Meta cannot build a Metaverse independently, other Metaverse players, not just players in the technology industry, are also needed. Among them, all financial manufacturers, retail manufacturers, and even the media and entertainment industry need to participate together in order to develop and improve this ecosystem. 

Zuckerberg also constantly stressed that participating in Metaverse together, can bring consumers and service providers a richer experience and give them more forms of participation so as to create more business opportunities. 

For example, there are no space restrictions in Metaverse, which means you can participate with friends who are listening to the concert through Metaverse or communicate with all fans and performers about the concert activities that went down a few minutes ago

Zuckerberg showed his suppliers from all over the world diversified Metaphors and excellent story descriptions, and the Metaverse is more likely to attract their interest, so as to help Meta build a Metaverse ecosystem together.

Can Metaverse become ‘The Next Universe’?

Everything is Possible with such great opportunities around.

A Project With Great Profitable Potential

In the classic science fiction movie 'Ready Player One' released in 2018, people can perform various magical operations in a virtual reality sandbox called OASIS by wearing some special VR devices. 

- "Ready Player One" in 2018

In OASIS, you can basically do anything thing or be whoever you want. The year before Ready Player One was released and was widely acclaimed, in 2017, Epic Games released an online video game called Fortnite, which allowed the ability to make its own all-digital version in a virtual utopia. 

Fortnite, which introduced the "Metaverse" concept, has become one of Epic Games' successful masterpieces and has brought Epic Games more than tens of billions of dollars in revenue. In other words, the complete expression of Metaverse will not completely exist in virtual reality. It also contains the concept of allowing numbers to interact with physics in a natural way.

As early as Roblox was successfully listed on the New York Stock Exchange, setting off a "Metaverse" boom. Roblox has built an immersive digital community by building a UGC game platform, and is committed to creating a "Metaverse" world for gamers; in May, Facebook said it would transform into a Metaverse company within 5 years; August, BYTE Jumping to spend a huge sum of money to acquire the VR startup Pico..., 

Metaverse has undoubtedly become one of the most popular concepts in the technology field. Especially with the advancement of the epidemic, the discussion on Metaverse has become more and more heated. 

In an interview with The Verge, Mark Zuckerberg stated that he believes that the Metaverse is the future of the Internet. Today, we mainly interact with other Internet users through smartphones, tablets, and desktops. Zuckerberg envisions a future where we can interact with our 3D avatars in a completely immersive world.

It seems that Mark Zuckerberg and the new company Meta want to push the concept of social media to its logical conclusion-enabling people to make their own all-digital version in a virtual utopia. 

Metaverse is Classic But Revolutionary As It Can be

As early as more than ten years ago, relevant people have discussed the development and future of the virtual world. 

Although there are still different opinions on what is a Metaverse and what the application scope of the Metaverse is, what is certain is that the Metaverse is not a new concept, it is more like the rebirth of a classic concept, which is the conceptualization of new technologies such as Extended Reality (XR), Blockchain, Cloud Computing, And Digital Twins.

Raph Koster, a well-known American entrepreneur and game designer, and former creative director of Star Wars Galaxies (Star Wars Galaxies) proposed three different levels of the digital world:

● Online Worlds (the earliest images of the online world, as long as it can be connected to the Internet)
● Multiverse (the online world is composed of a hundred schools of thought contending online world)
● Metaverse (a digital world that can interact with the real world)

"Put on headphones and eyepieces, find the connection terminal, you can enter the virtual space simulated by the computer and parallel to the real world in the form of a virtual clone." ----- "Avalanche (AKA: Snow Crash) "by Neal Stephenson, published 1992. 

Metaverse is a Great Trend Recognized Worldwide

Are you still using an Apple phone? The Apple mobile phone conference in the Jobs era always brings us various surprises. For example, the first-generation iPhone released in 2007 was described as a "revolutionary" and "game-changer" in the mobile phone industry, even though Apple every year New models of iPhone will be released, but it is not difficult to find that the new models will not have many highlights in terms of experience or appearance. 

- Steve Jobs with his first iPhone

In recent generations, most of the new products have continuously strengthened their camera services and capacity limits. 

Saturation of smart hardware technology

Not only Apple’s iPhone, but also smartphones produced by other major mobile phone manufacturers, such as China’s Huawei and Xiaomi, seem to have added a lot of novel features, but they are actually repeated without any new content.

This reminds us of the days when we wrote letters and telegrams before the advent of mobile phones. Our ancestors had never used smartphones before, but they were still able to transmit and communicate information, even though the problem of backward technology would inevitably delay the information sending and receiving.

For example, ancient Chinese used beacon-fire, carrier pigeons, currier, and other channels to transmit information, but this communication method will inevitably lead to some problems, that is, there is no guarantee for the immediacy and effectiveness of information transmission, the beacon-fire may be extinguished, the pigeon may die, then this means the loss of a large amount of emergency information.

- Message pigeon or carrier pigeon, one of the oldest messaging ways established more than 3,000 years ago.

Although these backward communication methods have long gone with history, it has somehow grabbed the attention of those technology companies: Will there be a new technology that can replace the modern "hoist pigeon"-smartphones, so that smart devices not only meet daily needs but become a new way to lead people's lives?

For most consumers, mobile phones can already meet their needs well, but the fierce market has forced major technology companies to find new business opportunities, or wearable opportunities, such as smartwatches, VR Glasses, or smart product peripherals, such as smart homes and integrated smart devices

We are lucky to constantly witness changes in these smart hardware, such as VR headsets that are quite bulky compared to a few years ago, and now some VR products such as VR glasses have even the same size and appearance as ordinary glasses.

And Metaverse can quickly incubate in such a "greenhouse" environment where smartphone technology is saturated but the technology has a big explosion, and it is expected to become the next generation of technology that changes people's communication methods and even lifestyles.

The primary consideration is still the user experience

In addition to the explosive growth of smart hardware devices, the saturation of smartphone technology has also spawned a number of mobile APP design and service providers, and more and more humanity has been built in the corresponding software and technical applications. 

All these optimized apps and services have provided mobile phone users with the best experience ever.

In some event sites, such as game exhibitions, VR equipment is cleverly used in the company's game equipment display, which also provides consumers with a new way of experiencing. 

Especially with the advent of the 5G era, we can use these services more quickly and smoothly. For services that need to work in a low-latency environment such as virtual reality or the Internet of Things, we can have a more complete infrastructure to work and develop. 

Best Facebook Alternative 2021

Not feeling so good after reading the mentioned content? Or, are you looking for Facebook alternatives? That's a good start if you are ready to uninstall Facebook on your phone or never open the web version again. Please keep exploring the following content, they are the best Facebook alternatives in 2021!

Name Pros Cons Founded Users
WT Social - Non-toxic social network - If you violate their rules, you would be removed from the platform 2019 450,000
- Exactly opposite to Facebook in terms of privacy and security - Hard stance against misleading content
- No algorithms that you would see to curate your feed - Friend requests don’t always work. 
- No biased content - No mechanism to report trolls or fake news so far.
EyeEm - Good alternative to the large image networks - Smaller reach than Instagram 2011 18 million
- A potentially lucrative business model for users - Not possible to share images privately
- Customer-friendly explanation of data protection
- Conforms to stricter data protection laws than in the USA
Yubo - Ad-free - Yubo does collect some of your data. 2015 40 million
- Easy-reading privacy policy - This app is not designed for people above 25 years old.
- Being transparent about data collection
- Majorly focus on live streaming
- Gen z favourite
- It controls the inappropriate content for the under 18 users.
MeWe - Facebook-like clone - Lack of other members. 2016 10 million
- Greater data security - Mewe pro which is chargeable
Friendica - Open-source available on github - A bit complicated as compared to Facebook 2010 500,000+
- You can post your content and connect with your friends while averting the rest of the noise. - To create an account you need to first -fix the software on a congenial system
- Your own server is needed
Raftr - It’s built with the simplicity of Facebook - Only available on iOS
- Simply tap on an icon and are thrown into the community
- Focused on bringing people together, like Meetup or Facebook groups.
- Works by connecting you to the communities of people who share similar interests
- Doesn’t share any personally identifiable information with third parties
Twitter - Huge user base - Be brief because you're limited to 280 characters for status updates. 2006 290.5 million
- Latest stories and arguments 
- It renders you an opportunity to interact with journalists and editors directly.
LinkedIn - One of the safest social media platforms with very little or zeroes bullying and harassment - Tons of spam messages 2002 690 million
- Feartured by pro talk, jobs and recruitment  - Have to commit an abundance of time
- Improve seo profile for your business - Sale connections
- Cost-effective networking path - Interactivity level limited in comparison to other networks
- Simple way to keep up with a given industry - Connections won’t necessarily happen in real-time
- Get valuable data on your target demographic - Unverifiable claims
- Platform to provide niche expertise - Premium account prices, get high if you choose to pay monthly
- Establish credibility fast - Platform searches can lead to negative personal data
- Enhances visibility - Expensive advertising expenses
- Professional environment
- Integrated learning platform – linkedin learning
Instagram - Focuses majorly on photos and videos, texts exchange - Data collection issues same with Facebook 2010 1.386 billion
- Gen Z favourite
Minds - Plenty of content guidance facilities - Most of your contacts are probably not using it and the ability to send encrypted chats over MeWe costs money. 2011 1 million
- Uses a token to reward content developers
- Jt allows you to banish all the boosted posts’ from the feed
MeWe - Aims at users’ privacy instead of generating profits anddoesn’t track or sell your data - Doesn’t gain enough coverage 2012 18 million
- With few ads that are not targeted
Diaspora* - Secure alternative to facebook - Prior programming knowledge required for managing your own pod 2010 1.25 million
- Full control over private data - Relatively few active users
- Decentralized system
Ello - No advertising from user data - Limited reach 2014 3 million
- No requirements to use your real name - Lacks a private user-to-user chat function
- Only rudimentary functions at present
Vero - Innovative approach - Sign-up only after invite 2015 5 million
- Possibility for discussions on broad range of topics - Only available for ios right now
- Data security concerns
Clubhouse - Innovative approach - Sign-up only after invite 2020 6 million
- Possibility for discussions on broad range of topics - Only available for ios right now
- Data security concerns
Reddit - Users do not have to use their real name to sign up - Few common social media functions 2005 430 million
- Various topics
Parler - Cares more about your privacy - Exceedingly political content 2018 15 million
- Provides you with all the tools to freely share your views - Hard to find people with same interests
- No fear of getting your account removed. - Slow web versions
- No crime and no spam - Conservative leaning
Rumble - Lets you share your viral videos while protecting your rights - Factually inaccurate content 2013 31.9 million
- Lets you monetize your videos - Political
- Extremist content or allows for electoral disinformation
Nextdoor - Allows to connect with your local community - The neighborhood-focused app isn't useful for following civic, national, or world events and oftentimes attracts users who only want to vent about trivial things. 2010 27 million
- Each neighbor is verified - Only available in Canada, France, UK, US, Australia, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, and Sweden.
Path - Good usability - Entirely app-based 2010 5 million
- Attractive interface with many functions - Has had some facebook-like problems with data protection in the past
- Provide quality communication with a small group of close connections
- Completely secure but collect some data for building your profile
TikTok - Gen Z favourite - Not meant for older adults 2016 1 billion
- Tiktok exposure to billions of users for free - The reputation of your brand
- Reach new markets - Censorship risk
- Tiktok is mobile-first - Fading fads
- Produce authentic content - Influencer marketing above paid advertising
- Target younger audience - Creating consistent viral content
- Lack of past ad data
- Limitation of content format
- Expensive ads
Pinterest - Pinterest provides amazing idea boards to inspire your next outfit, meal, vacation, or wedding. - Most ideas remain aspirational and too cost- or time-prohibitive to implement in everyday life. 2009 444 million
Mastodon - Famous facebook alternative - Not open source 2017 4.4 million
- Your account belongs to a specific instance
- No single company owns it
Steemit - A good mix of reddit and quora - Hard To Use 2017 1.2 million
- Posts based on upvotes would be rewarded with steem crypto tokens. 
- 10M visits every month
- Do not gobble their user’s data
- User content will be stored in the steem blockchain and no central authority can delete.
Dribbble - Showcase your skills or learn from competent designer’s work - Lack of Customization 2009 12 million
- Trendy
EyeEm - Photo-sharing feature same as Facebook - iPhone photos only 2011 8 million
- Massive digital space, particularly for photographers and businesses
- High-quality images stock of photography in their database
- Pretty famous with brands and marketing agencies
- AI-based pic searching functions
.500px - Allowing you to interact with other photographers. - You don't have any ability to set your own prices for your licensed photos 2009 18 million
DeviantArt - Allows you to interact with tons of artists - It can be hard to get noticed. 2000 61 million
- Lots of Teenagers. 
- Fan Art dominates all else. 
Flickr - Lets you explore stupendous captures - Uploading images. Flickr doesn’t provide an official tool to batch download your pictures. 2004 112 million 
- Allows users to get a plethora of traction for images editting - No keyboard navigation support.
- You do not have a storage limit. With a Flickr Pro account you can upload as many pictures as you want. - The default title for an uploaded image is its file name.
Behance - Allows many newbies to stand out and polish their skills – Behance requires more work and energy since it’s more robust. You can’t just throw a quick shot up there and amaze people with your account.  2005 10 million
- Everybody on Behance is laying out these beautiful case studies and gorgeous layouts. Everything is highly presented, and if you want to fit into the community, you’re going to have to follow suit and take advantage.
Adobe Portfolio - Allow you to exhibit your masterpiece by creating a captivating sight - Cannot sell imagery from it 2016
- Helps you create a unique, charismatic site - Redirects traffic from your primary website
- Templates are pretty, but not highly customizable
Cake - Smaller social networks - Topic ranges only from travel, photography and tech gear to music and streaming 2007
FamilyWall - Privacy-focused - The free version has limited tools and storage space 2011
- Ad-free
- Private information to be shared among family member are kept in cloud base
23snaps - Allows to create a shareable photo album full of precious memories of your children - Can’t ship prints to Canada 2012 500,000
- Your photos will last for eternity.
- Lets you create multiple albums of photos, videos, and text
Edmodo - Focused on the education sector - Does not allow for student to student interactions 2008 87.4 million
- Features include classroom-wide group chats, subject-based conversations between classrooms, and one-on-one monitoring.
- Privacy-focused

Frequently Asked Questions about Meta

1. Is WhatsApp from Meta?

Yes, Whatsapp is from Meta Company. WhatsApp is an application owned by meta (former Facebook company). In addition to WhatsApp, meta also owns Instagram, Messenger, and other Facebook applications.?

2. What is the New Meta?

According to Mark Zuckerberg, Meta is now a Social Technology Company that aims at connecting people, finding communities, and growing businesses. With Apps such as Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, Messenger integrated into one new brand called Meta.

3. What is Mark Zuckerberg's Metaverse?

Mark Zuckerberg's Metaverse refers to a "To do almost anything you can imagine” new world that combines the technology of VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality), with aims at constructing much better and quicker connections between people, enabling people to live a real-life and virtual life together.

4. What Exactly is the Metaverse?

Metaverse refers to a shared virtual space that utilizes emerging technology (i.g. extended reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning, social media, wearable tech, cryptocurrency, NFTs, and much more) to allow Internet users from around the globe to engage in virtual experiences.

5. Who Owns Facebook Now?

Mark Zuckerberg is still now owning Meta, he is the founder&CEO of Facebook who owns nearly 30 percent (29.3%, and IPO 28.2%) of Facebook's Class A shares.?

6. What is the Difference between Metaverse and Multiverse?

A Metaverse refers to a shared virtual space that allows every internet user to join into works or play together, and all these will be supported under command of a large computing system, while Multiverse is more like just a virtual space.?


This post deeply analyzes the specific reasons why Facebook changed its name to meta and explains to you what is a metaverse and how metaverse may be. What do you think of Mark Zuckerberg's move? Leave your comments below, I'll be replying fast as I can!

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