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Explainer: What is the Metaverse?

By Erika Bradbury for PRNews…

What is the Metaverse?

There is no one definition of it. Instead, the metaverse is an idea based on how humans can interact in a digitally immersive world. Think of the metaverse as where the virtual and physical worlds meet. The next iteration of the internet, Web3, is its power source. As in video games, people can choose avatars as their metaverse representatives.

In 2021, Facebook outlined its vision of the metaverse, going all-in and changing its name to Meta. This fueled speculation and experimentation. Several PR firms have launched metaverse practices, and some companies, especially those with younger audiences, already are staking claims in the virtual world.

On the other hand, with massive layoffs and other issues at Meta, it is uncertain how quickly the metaverse’s major proponent will act and whether brands will play a major role in its conception.

Why It Matters to Communicators

Still, PR pros always should look ahead. As Nicole Rodrigues writes, communicators and PR pros must prepare for technologies that could influence markets. Just as social media fueled a shift in communication tactics during the last decade, the metaverse could create challenges and opportunities for companies and PR professionals.

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