Announcing @Meta — the Facebook company’s new name. Meta is helping to build the metaverse, a place where we’ll play and connect in 3D. Welcome to the next chapter of social connection. pic.twitter.com/ywSJPLsCoD
— Meta (@Meta) October 28, 2021
However, it’s also a name-change that comes as Facebook’s name is dragged through the mud.
The timing of Facebook’s decision wasn’t lost on the denizens of the internet either, with the name change going viral within minutes.
Here’s what the internet thought.
Facebook changed its name to Meta because it’s self aware as hell
— Chris Redd (@Reddsaidit) October 28, 2021
“Facebook changed its name to Meta because it’s self aware as hell,” comedian Chris Redd said on Twitter.
Others were already unimpressed by the new Facebook company name.
“No Meta what you call Facebook it sucks,” writer Amil Niazi said.
No Meta what you call Facebook it sucks
— amil (@amil) October 28, 2021
Others chose to reminisce.
“Back in my day we called it Facebook, not Meta,” one person said.
Back in my day we called it Facebook, not Meta. pic.twitter.com/9rvv0yeTkn
— In My Mind (@MeAloneInMyMind) October 28, 2021
Others still questioned how well the name itself would stick.
“Facebook rebranding for no reason not a single soul gonna call it "Meta",” another Twitter user wrote.
Facebook rebranding for no reason not a single soul gonna call it "Meta" https://t.co/Z0wl3rkgE3
— cryptic incognito (@CrypticNoHoes) October 28, 2021
And even if the name stuck, would it work?
That’s what Twitter user Jack O’Connor pondered.
— Jack O'Connor (@itsjackoconnor) October 28, 2021