The employees of Meta, once known as Facebook, will soon have a new moniker – Metamates.
Billionaire CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also recently introduced a new company motto: “Meta, metamates, me” and made announcements on new initiatives in the company.
Zuckerberg also noted in his post that the company will now shift from the value of “moving fast” to “move fast together”.
He said what this means is that it is about moving fast together, not just as individuals but as a company in one direction.
Zuckerberg also encouraged employees to take up challenges that will be the most impactful, even if the full results won’t be seen for years.
Zuckerberg posted on his Facebook page: “Meta, Metamates, Me is about being good stewards of our company and mission. It’s about the sense of responsibility we have for our collective success and for each other as teammates.
“It’s about taking care of our company and each other. At the end of the day, values aren’t what you write on a website but what we hold each other accountable for every day. I encourage you to reflect on these values and what they mean to you as we start working on this next chapter for our company,”
Where did the phrase “Metamates” come from?
In a Twitter post, the Soon-To-Be CTO of Meta stated that the word Metamates was coined by none other than Douglas Hofstadter, a renowned American novelist and cognitive scientist after an employee cold-emailed him for suggestions after Facebook was rebranded as Meta.
He also mentioned that the phrase is a play on a naval phrase that Instagram has been using for quite some time, “Ship, Shipmates, Self.”