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Entry from October 28, 2021
“What’s a Meta for?”

On October 28, 2021, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company would be known as Meta, Inc. There were several jokes, such as “What’s a Meta for?” ("What’s a metaphor?") and “What’s a Meta?” ("What’s the matter?”, often using the lyrics to the novelty song “Shaddap You Face.”)

“What’s a meta for?” was posted on Twitter by GFY Union Shop Steward Man IWW on October 28, 2021. “Collectively, every boomer in the world still on Facebook just asked, ‘what’s a meta?’” was posted on Twitter by Sonicb00m I Devin Cazin on October 28, 2021.

“What’s a Meta you? Gotta no respect! Wadda you think you do? Ahh shuddup you Facebook!!” was posted on Twitter by JohnnyPherome on October 28, 2021.

“I told my son Facebook is changing its name to Meta. He asked ‘what’s a meta?’ I said ‘nothing, what’s a meta with you?’” was posted on Reddit—Dadjokes on October 28, 2021.


Wikipedia: Meta, Inc.
Meta Platforms, Inc., formerly known as Facebook, Inc. until October 28, 2021, is an American multinational technology conglomerate holding company based in Menlo Park, California. It is the parent organization of Facebook and its subsidiaries. It is one of the world’s most valuable companies and is considered one of the Big Five companies in U.S. information technology, alongside Amazon, Alphabet, Apple, and Microsoft.

Wikipedia: Shaddap You Face
“Shaddap You Face” is a novelty song written and performed by Joe Dolce (released under the name Joe Dolce Music Theatre) about a rebellious Italian boy. Released in late 1980, it set a number of sales and longevity records.

Genius (lyrics)
Shaddap You Face
Joe Dolce

(...)
What’s-a matter you? Hey! Gotta no respect
What-a you t’ink you do? Why you look-a so sad?
It’s-a not so bad, it’s-a nice-a place
Ah shaddap-a you face!

Twitter
GFY Union Shop Steward Man IWW
@AntonioSpaghet
Replying to @FiliusDeo and @FatComicDave
What’s a meta for?
12:23 PM · Oct 28, 2021·Twitter for Android

Twitter
The ONLY Nate
@Nate_Griffin
What’s a meta for?
Quote Tweet
The Washington Post
@washingtonpost
· 13h
Facebook is changing its corporate name to Meta. Its flagship social network will keep the Facebook name. https://washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/10/28/facebook-meta-name-change/
Show this thread
2:26 PM · Oct 28, 2021·Twitter for Mac

Twitter
Sonicb00m I Devin Cazin
@Sonicb00m111
Collectively, every boomer in the world still on Facebook just asked, “what’s a meta?”
Quote Tweet
Nibel
@Nibellion
· 13h
Facebook is now Meta.
2:26 PM · Oct 28, 2021·Twitter Web App

Twitter
PJ Holden
@pauljholden
“I see Facebook have changed their name to meta”
“What’s a “meta””
“Nothing. What’s a Meta with you??”
2:31 PM · Oct 28, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
JohnnyPherome
@johnnypherome
Replying to @Arriadna
What’s a Meta you?
Gotta no respect,
Wadda you think you do?
Ah, shudda up you Facebook!!
2:52 PM · Oct 28, 2021·Twitter for Android

Twitter
JohnnyPherome
@johnnypherome
Replying to @CNBC
What’s a Meta you?
Gotta no respect!
Wadda you think you do?
Ahh shuddup you Facebook!!
2:59 PM · Oct 28, 2021·Twitter for Android

Twitter
David Wallace
@gamechange
Everyone: What’s a Meta?
A: I dunno, whatsamettayew?
(deepest apologies to Moose & Squirrel)
3:20 PM · Oct 28, 2021·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Jay Tuvz
@JayTuvz
What’s a Meta do? Hey!
Shuddupa ya Facebook
4:04 PM · Oct 28, 2021·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Spizz Energi NHS
@spizzenergi
What’s a Meta you?
Gotta no respect
Ah Shuttupa ya Facebook
7:22 PM · Oct 28, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/Keauxbi October 28, 2021
I told my son Facebook is changing its name to Meta. He asked “what’s a meta?”
I said “nothing, what’s a meta with you?”

Twitter
Casey Strom
@CaseyStrom
I told my friend that Facebook is changing its name to Meta.
She asked “what’s a meta?”
I said “nothing, what’s a meta with you?”
12:57 AM · Oct 29, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
John Gerhardstein
@GerhardStein17
Jeopardy question for $500 Alex
Facebook University.
What’s a Meta U?
Quote Tweet
mariana Z
@mariana057
· 5h
Instead of asking, “What’s on your mind?” the new Facebook will henceforth start asking, “What’s the Meta with you?”
1:41 AM · Oct 29, 2021·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Stuart Palmer
@stuartpalmer14
Replying to @Helen_Barnard
I have to ask . What’s a meta for?
1:51 AM · Oct 29, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Slothrock Gaming
@SlothrockUK
Replying to @EvolvrKent
What’s the Meta You - HEY!
You gotta no-a respect?
What-a you think you do?  Why you look-a so sad?
It’s-a not so bad, it’s a nice-a place
Ah shuddapa you Facebook.
5:12 AM · Oct 29, 2021·Twitter Web App

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