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These famous companies completely changed their names

StarsInsider Logo By Stars Insider of StarsInsider | Slide 1 of 30: The name of a company or brand can seemingly make or break its success. Catchy names like Netflix and Tinder have become part of the modern vernacular, which is unlikely to have happened if they had some of the terrible brand names you'll discover in this list...Facebook has a funny and well-known story of dropping its initial "the," but now the social media company is planning a much bigger rebrand. The big name change was announced on October 28, when Zuckerberg revealed that Facebook will now be known as Meta. He stated that the rebranding of the company was intended to move away from being known as simply a social media company. As he has mentioned in the past, Zuckerberg is focused on building the "metaverse," a concept first mentioned in a Sci-Fi novel in 1992. The metaverse is an online virtual reality space where users can interact with each other. Welcome to the future! This rebranding comes at a time that Facebook and all of Zuckerberg's other apps like Instagram are coming under intense scrutiny and criticism. Whistleblowers and damning reports have shown that trust in these platforms is at an all-time low after their involvement in election scandals. There's also an increasing awareness of how they manipulate the human brain and how toxic these spaces can be for young people, especially girls. Whether for the purposes of sounding more professional or rebranding after a scandal, nearly every well-known company has gone through a name change at some point in its history. Click through this gallery to find out what these champions of industry used to call themselves–some of them will definitely surprise you!

These famous companies completely changed their names

The name of a company or brand can seemingly make or break its success. Catchy names like Netflix and Tinder have become part of the modern vernacular, which is unlikely to have happened if they had some of the terrible brand names you'll discover in this list...

Facebook has a funny and well-known story of dropping its initial "the," but now the social media company is planning a much bigger rebrand. The big name change was announced on October 28, when Zuckerberg revealed that Facebook will now be known as Meta. He stated that the rebranding of the company was intended to move away from being known as simply a social media company. As he has mentioned in the past, Zuckerberg is focused on building the "metaverse," a concept first mentioned in a Sci-Fi novel in 1992. The metaverse is an online virtual reality space where users can interact with each other. Welcome to the future! 

This rebranding comes at a time that Facebook and all of Zuckerberg's other apps like Instagram are coming under intense scrutiny and criticism. Whistleblowers and damning reports have shown that trust in these platforms is at an all-time low after their involvement in election scandals. There's also an increasing awareness of how they manipulate the human brain and how toxic these spaces can be for young people, especially girls. 

Whether for the purposes of sounding more professional or rebranding after a scandal, nearly every well-known company has gone through a name change at some point in its history. Click through this gallery to find out what these champions of industry used to call themselves–some of them will definitely surprise you!

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