There is a conflict simmering between facebook and several of its customers, those who are male but like to dress as female. Probably most men who do that actually just do it at home, when nobody’s looking, but some do it on stage, for a show. It is their profession.
They want the right to use their stage names on facebook. Facebook is saying no, we have a real name policy. Bullshit. My name is Willie Watson, but facebook wouldn’t have ever known that if I hadn’t told them in the first place. For a while, I did have a sock puppet account under another name, but I got bored with the game fairly quickly and it was getting to be work checking two different accounts each day, and although I received lots of flattering comments from myself, it just wasn’t worth it. I suppose that account still exists, I just haven’t checked it in months.
But beyond facebook’s inability to actually enforce their rules, the point I’m trying to make here is that facebook’s objections are stupid, anal retentive and counter-productive. Zuckerberg could just concede defeat on this point and facebook would be a happier, less conflicted space.
They say it’s to stop ‘on-line misbehavior.’ Bullshit. The way to stop ‘on-line misbehavior’ is to monitor on-line behavior and stop people who are behaving badly. The definition of badly, of course, varies from person to person and I am quite unlikely to agree 100% with Mr. Z’s definition, but it’s better than targeting a group of people at random, some of whom might not be misbehaving.
I’m not anti-Zuckerberg. He has provided the world with a great site. So, this is more of a suggestion than a complaint. Let facebook be itself, Mr. Z. Your baby is growing up. Don’t be a helicopter Dad. Let it grow, let it evolve, let it become itself.
You’ll probably make more money that way, too.