Metaverse eats Facebook
Facebook is spending ten billion dollars a year developing its VR environment. Now, it turns out, its own staff won't use it barely: “For many of us, we don’t spend that much time in Horizon and our dogfooding dashboards show this pretty clearly,” wrote Meta vp of Metaverse Vishal Shah.
Here are some of the best reactions to the statement from the Twitterverse.
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Alex Heath (@alexeheath): Meta's flagship metaverse app Horizon is too buggy and barely used by the employees building it, per leaked internal memos from last month I obtained. theverge.com/2022/10/6/23391895/meta-facebook-horizon-worlds-vr-social-network-too-buggy-leaked-memo
Will Oremus (@willoremus): Dogfooding is good practice, but it's never a good sign when you find yourself having to force your team to do it.
@boodooperson: When the dog food really does taste like dog food.
Theo Priestley (@tprstly): Was speaking to a Meta employee last night. All of Meta's products are separated, they don't work together.
Horizon Worlds is just a Unity game and their developer tools don't talk natively to each other. Zuck only cares about user numbers and data.
@alexisohanian: Before you consider any VR/Metaverse pitch, first ask yourself “Why?”
I challenge myself with this question every time I'm designing a new feature, let alone an entirely new product. The bar gets higher every single day to earn (not just win) someone's attention.
Anton Hand (@antonhand): Newsflash: the issue with Horizons in the context being talked about here isn't that it's not ‘good’. It's that it's not useful.
This shtick has been around for 20 years now. ‘Generic’ virtual spaces in work contexts are time wasting gimmicks.
Makena Kelly (@kellymakena): tbh the metaverse is a corporate solution to the psychic and material harm large corporations have wrought on working people
@axellycan: doing worse than secondlife but 15 years later is an accomplishment i guess
Rowan (@rowankaiser): Who could have predicted that nobody would want to do the thing that nobody wants.
Victor Navarro Remesal (@vthewanderer): No one wants the metaverse. No one.