To fully understand why the metaverse is a BIG deal, we need to know its constituents or defining factors. First of all, there is no boundaries. Now, this might sound like a tacky motivational buzz phrase, but for the metaverse this is fundamental reality. It’s an endless space that eliminates barriers between platforms, therefore breaking up the silos that have been created by mono-platform providers. Users can move around freely in a vast virtual 3D space that is connected not only to anything on the internet, but–in increasing fashion via AR–to offline spaces and items as well.
Unlike a website, or even a social network, the metaverse can’t be unplugged. This is possible due to the underlying technology, distributing nodes over decentralized networks, rather than a single or multi-point server hub. This is important, since it promises contributors and creators a framework of continuity and perpetuity.
The heightened immersion factor of the metaverse makes it way more compelling than any social network. Not only can you connect and communicate with your loved ones or work relations, you can actually do so in a highly realistic space, allowing for more freedom of expression (virtual avatars with movement, gestures and mimics) and a higher degree of immediate connection (instant feedback, shared space). The evolution of virtual avatars is just in its beginning stage, and Meta Platforms are pushing this area to new heights. Born out of necessity, and having earned their spot as a cultural treasure, in future we might not yet be ready to wave emojis into retirement, but adaptive avatar mimics will render them obsolete.