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Friday, February 11, 2022


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Al Gore had it pretty correct with "information super highway", even predicted and pushed for fiber everywhere in the 80s...but how useful is it to credit the definition of the internet to Al Gore or stay confined within both his broad and thin definitions of the internet? To constantly reference back to him when something new happens with the internet?

"Metaverse" will probably end up as useful a term as "cyberspace" or "world wide web" or the aforementioned "information super highway". Neat sounding words that get forgotten as individual products and services become bigger than any encompassing definition.

We'll get to a point something is more interesting than the buzzword metaverse, just like Youtube became bigger than video, Facebook than social network, WoW than MMO, Minecraft than sandbox, etc.


I recently saw the book Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson in a Little Free Library. I read the back, curious, noticed that the main character's name was Hiro Protagonist, and immediately laughed out loud, disturbing a squirrel.


That’s the point though that’s not what people are using the word “Metaverse” to mean

A metaverse in 2022

-does not need to have anything to do with VR

-Does not need to be a multi-user interaction platform

-does not need to involve user generated content

-does not need to have custom avatars

it’s best to accept words for how they are currently being used, not for what they used to mean.

The word used to mean something, it just doesn’t anymore. You’re not going to be able to stop anyone from using it in this new, meaningless way; and if you assume everyone is using the Snowcrash definition, well, you’ll just be misinterpreting them.


Does not need to have anything to do with VR (Roblox, Second Life)

Does not need to involve user generated content (Facebook Horizons)

Does not need to involve custom avatars (Fortnite)

Does not need to be a multi-user interaction platform (NFT’s)

sirhc desantis

If I admit that to this day I have never read 'Snow Crash' do I retroactively get kicked out of SL? (Sorry - Gibson fan)

Kat Prawl a.k.a. Kat Lemieux

Thoughtful, well-sourced and of course well-written. I'll be linking to this article often in discussions about the metaverse.

Wagner James Au

Thank you!


I read the back, curious, noticed that the main character's name was Hiro Protagonist, and immediately laughed out loud, disturbing a squirrel.

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