Facebook Knows My Name Better Than I Do
So, for the last year or so I have been trying to change my name on Facebook. Sadly, I must admit all my efforts have been in vain.
Originally, my name on Facebook was “Maria A. Garcia.” I was quite happy with this name until Facebook became open to the public and my dad found out about it. Being Colombian and also paranoid, my dad asked me to remove my last name from a public Web site because he thought it was not safe. Thinking that his petition stood on firm ground, I requested my name to be changed to include only my first and second given names, “Maria Alejandra.”
The problem with this is that no one can find me now. This defeats the purpose of belonging Facebook in the first place! If you join Facebook, you clearly want to be found. This was exactly why, about a year ago, I began requesting a second name change.
By now, I have tried everything. My full name, “Maria Garcia De la Ossa,” is rejected because it has too many words. That is true; my full name does have too many words, but it is my name nonetheless. “Maria Garcia,” although accepted for submission somehow never gets approved. “Maria Alejandra Garcia,” never gets approved either. I have run out of versions of my name and still Facebook won’t even take the name I originally set.
So, I must ask, what criteria must a name fulfill in order to get approved by Facebook? How is Facebook to know if a person’s name is indeed their name? And how does Facebook know that a person’s real name is not their name? Aside from this I belong to generation of people who joined Facebook while still single, what happens when we get married and change our names?
Facebook seems to be under the impression that it is the bearer of all truths. As valuable as Facebook has proven to be, its rather mysterious and strict name changing rules are quite frustrating. Never did I imagine that Facebook would believe my legitimate request to be a farce.
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