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(CNBC)   The company formerly known as Facebook is making up for $3B in losses by opening a tiny storefront with 3 products   (cnbc.com) divider line
    More: Unlikely, Virtual reality, retail store, tech company, Martin Gilliard, Mark Zuckerberg, Head of Meta Store, first quarter, virtual worlds  
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687 clicks; posted to Business » on 10 May 2022 at 2:50 AM (29 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-05-10 2:53:44 AM  
Why would I go there? What would I buy?

I can't answer these questions.
 
2022-05-10 3:00:31 AM  

Valter: Why would I go there? What would I buy?


VR headsets.

And, presumably, the high priced GPUs required to run them.
 
2022-05-10 3:03:17 AM  

Ishkur: Valter: Why would I go there? What would I buy?

VR headsets.

And, presumably, the high priced GPUs required to run them.


But I don't like VR.

"the store is designed to expose consumers to Meta's products, which you really have to experience to understand"

No, I really don't.
 
2022-05-10 4:28:36 AM  
The "bet everything on the Metaverse" business plan doesn't seem to be a good idea. Selling the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset at a loss is not helping. Facebook/Meta can allow itself to burn billions but at some point someone needs to tell Zukerberg.
I thought the idea to name Facebook employees "metamates" was a joke. It wasn't.
 
2022-05-10 5:55:57 AM  

TappingTheVein: The "bet everything on the Metaverse" business plan doesn't seem to be a good idea. Selling the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset at a loss is not helping. Facebook/Meta can allow itself to burn billions but at some point someone needs to tell Zukerberg.
I thought the idea to name Facebook employees "metamates" was a joke. It wasn't.


It isn't just the titles. Everything about this entire Meta/VR concept feels like a joke.

Or like someone didn't understand a business suggestion was sarcasm.
 
2022-05-10 8:32:57 AM  
"Experience Experts?" "Customer Onboarding Station?" Is this all a joke? I don't even know what to say anymore.
 
2022-05-10 10:24:58 AM  
Ooh, I can't wait to try out the new Meta Pyramid!

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2022-05-10 11:11:04 AM  

TappingTheVein: The "bet everything on the Metaverse" business plan doesn't seem to be a good idea. Selling the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset at a loss is not helping. Facebook/Meta can allow itself to burn billions but at some point someone needs to tell Zukerberg.
I thought the idea to name Facebook employees "metamates" was a joke. It wasn't.


Don't tell him. Let him sink FB at the same time Musk is sinking Twatter.

The world will be a better place with both gone.
 
2022-05-10 1:39:04 PM  

Ishkur: Valter: Why would I go there? What would I buy?

VR headsets.

And, presumably, the high priced GPUs required to run them.


Like Trumps freedom phones.  Low end electronics sold at a high price so you can visit a virtual mall that hardly anyone real goes to except Russian GRU propagandists and Herbalife sales people.
Sounds fun!
Oh and 8 years in Silicon Valley is an eternity.  It's an admission Meta is an abject failure and Zuck doesn't have the talent to pull it off.
Wonder if it was all the Nazis he works with that pissed everyone off?
 
2022-05-10 8:41:20 PM  

Valter: But I don't like VR.


Yeah, it's kind of weird.  I rec'd an Oculus as a gift, but despite an initial "this is so farking cool!" it sits unloved and unused.  I've bought two of them as gifts for others and have a strong suspicion that they are similarly situated.

It is cool, but I'm not sure humans like that kind of sensory replacement.  Sounded great in science fiction novels, but it's not as immersive as it seems.  Almost distracting.

/never played Everquest or Skyrim, but can't imagine most folks would want to commit 8+ hours a day wearing VR gear the way those games easily were immersive.
 
2022-05-11 4:54:54 AM  
We got our son an Oculus for Christmas.  I primarily use it, mostly because I don't like regular video games, but I have been enjoying the couple of games we bought.  I use it maybe 30min/day (averaged over a week).

I have a friend close-by who also has one, and we've been trying to figure out how to have a 'meeting' in the 'metaverse,' just for a bit of - hey look what we can do! - fun, but so far, no success.  At the same time, I've seen stories on the news about businesses buying plots of 'real estate' (this seems like a contradiction in terms) in the meta-mall or whatever they call it, for millions of dollars.

Here I am, a sort-of regular user, who cannot figure out even basic functionality (I have an engineering degree), and not only can I not find the metaverse, but I'm not particularly bothered, because I cannot possibly imagine why I'd want to.

One of the people I saw on the news was a clothing store (he paid 2.5M$!)...but why would I go to the trouble of shopping in a virtual clothing store?  Is the merchandise rendered animation, or are they just photos?  I can't try it on, I can't touch it, but I have to wander around looking for it?  No thanks, the Amazon app on my phone works just fine, and they probably have a better return policy.  Is meta going to build-up a huge logistics capability, or just back-office Amazon anyway?

The whole concept seems like the thought process was something like:  We'll make this, it will be awesome! Everyone will want it!!...but they never thought that the world isn't full of people who are like them.  It's like they're marketing to people who are currently riding around on their Segways, reading this comment on their Google Glasses.
 
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