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Okay, may I first say that I'm having a heck of a time figuring out how to blog on this site. Any guidance would be great! I'm tired of doing weird things in order to get to the post link...help!
Now onto Second Life avatars on Facebook. I find this really interesting. Apparently, Facebook is banning anyone they suspect of not using their real names! This is unfortunate because it has actually led them to ban people with unusual, but real, names. What shot do I have? I first read about this issue in the Reuters/Second Life Blog, but the full story can be found at the Sydney Morning Herald site. Basically, if you aren't yourself on Facebook, you are banned. If you want to remove the ban, you have to go through all sorts of trouble (i.e. documents proving your identity) in order to come back. I think this is ridiculous. I admit that I've never cared for Facebook as much as other sites...I find the look less...clean. Less organized. But this latest thing irritates me. As someone with a unique name, I would be pretty annoyed if they decided I wasn't "real." If I don't want my real picture on there, but a picture of my avatar...is that going to count against me? Whatever happened to freedom of expression?
Fact is...if my account were deleted tomorrow...I am not going to halt my life to prove who I am. For professional networking, I'd turn to LinkedIn...for social networking, I'd turn to one of the hundreds of sites trying to unseat Facebook.
Some advice for Facebook, in a world where people have names like Apple and Cocoa...in a world where some people don't use real pictures of themselves for fear of Internet stalkers...and in a world where Internet businesses can have years of success before becoming obscure...maybe you should think twice before you delete people willy-nilly.