Shortly after reports emerged that Facebook is planning to change its name, social media was filled with innovative – and sometimes funny – takes on how and why the US-based giant intended to rebrand itself. Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg plans to talk about the name change at the company's annual Connect conference on October 28, but it could be unveiled sooner, the Verge reported. Some Twitter users took a dig at Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg amid increasing scrutiny of its business practices, while others offered suggestions on what Facebook's new name could be.
Twitter users came up with name suggestions for a rebranded Facebook when a tech entrepreneur asked them to give “wrong” names only.
What should Facebook's new name be?— Yano (@JasonYanowitz) October 20, 2021
Wrong answers only. pic.twitter.com/n34WB6kRqM
While one user suggested “Surveillance Capitalism”, another said “Yellow Pages”.
Surveillance Capitalism— givevinny.eth (@free_melee) October 20, 2021
Yellow Pages— YYY (@0xYYY_) October 20, 2021
A third user said “ZUCK!”.
ZUCK!— $pino (@spinozaari) October 20, 2021
"Facepalm," one user said, suggesting the gesture for dismay or disappointment
Facepalm ????♀️— Jennie on the Block ???????????? (@cryptofuturyst) October 20, 2021
Many users responded to the news with memes. Here are a few such memes:
Facebook changing its name in the middle of its messiest drama pic.twitter.com/giLmzzre7C— Rakesh Satyal (@rakeshsatyal) October 20, 2021
FACEBOOK TO REBRAND THE COMPANY WITH A NEW NAME BY NEXT WEEK, SAYS REPORTS. Le memers " pic.twitter.com/2e2Bytoybv— Addu memer (@theAddumemer) October 20, 2021
Facebook with a new name pic.twitter.com/7M9DNiZvlf— Inglourious Capital (@inglouriouscap) October 20, 2021
Facebook: "If I change my name, the regulators won't be able to see me." pic.twitter.com/E9zt7Pb0Yf— Azeem Azhar (@azeem) October 20, 2021
Facebook rebranding itself with a new name pic.twitter.com/1GOHwpvr4p— mᎥᏦᎬ ᏞᎥᏆᎬᏒᎪᏞᏞᎽ✪ (@SkippyMcGizzard) October 20, 2021
Yes. Because the whole issue with Facebook was the name. pic.twitter.com/SD3CnNv4Vp— Liz (@lizzykate77) October 20, 2021
According to a report in The Verge, Facebook was considering changing its name to reflect its focus on building the metaverse, an online world where people can move and communicate in a virtual environment. Mr Zuckerberg is likely to talk about it at the company's annual conference on October 28.
The social media giant has been accused of fuelling the spread of misinformation over factual news. So, while it is not uncommon for Silicon Valley-based companies to change their names in a bid to expand their services, it is the timing that is attracting wider scrutiny.Click for more trending news