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  • You should call yourself Barbie Sue Denim.

    Honestly, how do they *tell* if this is your birth name or not? I suspect at least 25% of the population don't use their birth name. They use an alternative of their first name (like my fater and his father before him.) They go by their middle name (like my friends Chris or Angel.) They got married and changed their name (like...oh, too many people to list.)

    What about people who have a westernised first name like my Brother in law's wife, Grace? They weren't _b
    • There's also the fact that it's a ** SOCIAL ** networking website. Had it been a been about professional associations I could have understood. LinkedIn don't have the same restrictions, but I would appreciate why they might want to. Admittedly they make a distinction between first and last name, but that is mostly because western employment uses those two fields. However, the difference between the two is that on LinkedIn you are representing yourself to potential professional contacts. If you choose to use a name that you are not known professionally by, then it's a bit pointless.

      Facebook are trying to dictate how they would like the online world to interact, and unfortunately that's not how a lot of social interaction works. By our very nature we are individuals and many of us don't like to have arbitrary rules enforced on us.

      I have also talked about changing my name by deed poll, not that Nicole would be happy about that, but what then? Does Ingy have a Facebook account? If so would they have an issue with "döt Net" as his last name?

      But I do like your suggestion. I may well add a new account ;)