The headline of this post says it all. The post had attracted more readers in day than my very rarely updated blog gets on a typical week, which it gets mostly through search. In other news, my Facebook account has been suspended for… yes, you can guess it, violation of their real name policy. I believe in coincidences in life, but I’m very skeptical when it comes to pure coincidences in tech. I’ve had Facebook account for a year now, but somehow it got suspended within 24 hours after I mentioned it in my post.
Assuming that someone at Facebook indeed took note of my letter, I’d like to inform this person that I have no slightest intention of disclosing my real name to Facebook users. As for the company itself, most likely it already has this information somewhere in the bowels of its servers, since I’ve been using my other Facebook account from the same devices. Just like in the case of Google+ I have no complaints, since it’s the company choice what policies to to enforce on its sites. It is then users’ choice whether to accept the policy or not. My choice is walk away, taking with me all the social interaction and searchable content that Facebook was getting through my my account.
So far 3 companies (Google, Facebook and Quora) have decided that I cannot use their social services without disclosing my real name to other users. My only consolation is the fact that this leaves me in the great company of people like George Eliot, Lewis Carroll, Ayn Rand and Banksy.