The Daily Habit: Weird News

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I Got A F!$!ed Name So Facebook Told Me To Beat It-  Now that Kanye West made such a big deal about somebody using his stupid name as a Twitter id, the whole friggin world is in panic mode.  All of the Toms, Dicks and Janes of the tech world are running around like chickens with their heads chopped off in attempts to change their online passwords.  Mike Hunt had problems with his subscription to Beaver Hunt and boy was he pissed.  Peter Gozinya was really irked when his credit card was declined at his friendly neighborhood brothel.  But poor old Alicia Instanbul was even more boo hoo when the tools at Facebook shut of her account for having a f!$!ed name that sounded fake.

Alicia Istanbul woke up one recent Wednesday to find herself locked out of the Facebook account she opened in 2007, one Facebook suddenly deemed a ridiculous fake, and was immediately cut off not only from her 330 friends, none of whom she even knows, but also from the pages she had set up for sellling homemade jewelry.  Although Istanbul understands why Facebook insists on having real people behind real names for every account, she wonders why the assholes at Facebook didn’t email to ask about her goofy name. “They should at least give you a warning, or at least give you the benefit of the doubt,” she said. “I know I have a f!$!ed name and all, and that I sell crummy homemade jewelry from my site, but I was on it every day all day, and slept with my computer on.  Those guys are real assholes for screwing me like this”  (http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20090518/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_facebook_names).

To make sure people can’t set up accounts with fake names, the site has a long “blacklist” of names that people can’t use like IP Freely and Peter Burns.  Unlike many other social networks, Facebook wants a real name behind each person’s account and doesn’t want weirdos trolling for prey.  Athough many of the fake accounts are created a jokes, others are to protect users from having their postings create problems when they later look for jobs or apply to colleges.  Yeah, like a guy named Mike Hunt or Peter Burns hasn’t heard them all a million times before.  Ms. Istanbul is a grown woman and with a last name like Istanbul she’s probably heard it all too.  If that’s the case, why is she bitching; she should be used to it by now. Face it.  Istanbul is a f!$!ed last name.  No wonder Facebook told her to beat it.

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~ by the115 on 05/19/2009.

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