I have had my Facebook since gr. 11 or 12, around the time is was accessible for High School students. Having a last name that is the only one in Ottawa, I felt as if I should refrain from having my last name on Facebook… Hey, I may have been paranoid but you never know who uses these social networking sites when you are first involved. Therefore for the past 4- 5 years I have had a ‘.’ as my last name on Facebook. It was only until recently that Facebook made a big deal about it, it first started a few months ago where there was a box at the top of my account asking me to put in my real last name. I am still the only one in Ottawa with my last name, and I feel as if I should have the right to disclose what information I want to disclose about myself on the internet.
Today, I was trying to access my Facebook account and I was stopped by Facebook before I was able to proceed to my Facebook page. The title is “Pleas Update Your Name on Facebook”. If I do not comply and decide to put my ‘real name’ on Facebook, I am not allowed to access my personal profile on the website. This means that Facebook is taking away my rights of accessing my pictures, information, friends, messages, etc. I feel as if this is an invasion of my privacy because I am unable to access my information… I tried to just press ‘continue’ thinking it would let me continue, instead this warning came up claiming that my information was invalid and if I try to use another name, they will freeze my account for an hour.
If they think that I am trying to use a fake name, they will freeze my account? This is ridiculous, I do not see why it would make that much of a difference what name I have appearing on Facebook. Another thing is how would Facebook know what my real last name is? Do they have the time to look into every single persons name who uses Facebook? If I do not want my real last name on Facebook, that means that I will never be able to access my Facebook information again… Unless I view my profile through a friends account or make a new account with another e-mail address. Since when does all your information need to be recorded so precisely? The one feature that I really enjoyed on myspace.com was the fact that we were allowed to use alias names and were never told to put our true information. Facebook and the Internet is such an easy tool to access peoples information and I do not feel comfortable with strangers being able to find out where I live due to my last name being on Facebook. I just find it crazy that it took them at least 4 years to notice that I did not have my real last name on their website… why is it so important now?