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Expect to see more LiveJournal posts from me from now on.

Here's why: K M O (Facebook)


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Jul. 3rd, 2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
My Klout Score is about to Plummet
It was 56 when I deleted my FB account. I expect it to be in the 20s by this time next week.
Jul. 3rd, 2013 08:20 pm (UTC)
Re: My Klout Score is about to Plummet
Your full name used to be there. Decided it was too much for the likes of F#c@Book? What prompted this?
Jul. 3rd, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
Why I don't want to be called Kevin
While my family and my friends from high school have always known me as Kevin, I've been KMO since 1993 or 94, and my college nickname before that was KO. My girlfriend calls me KMO. My girlfriend's mother calls me KMO. When I meet someone new at a party or social function, I introduce myself as KMO.

When someone greets me in an email, instant message, or on the phone with "Hi, Kevin," they are making it immediately clear that they do not know me. I re-act to them as I would a debt-collector, phone solicitor, or government official who doesn't know me from Adam. Hearing it automatically raises my defenses, and I assign that person the role of the outsider who is out to play me for their own gain.

Recently, people I mostly know in real life and who have never heard me referred to as Kevin have said, "Hi, Kevin," when seeing me for the first time in a while. I think Facebook is reason. Facebook, for its obvious uses, is also a perpetual chore in brand management, and they don't make it easy. Well, I'm over it. I have revoked their charter.

Edited at 2013-07-03 08:54 pm (UTC)
Jul. 3rd, 2013 08:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Why I don't want to be called Kevin
Well reasoned. Hey, come to think of it, I called you KMO when I met you, didn't I? Names stick.

And you won't find any defense of F#c@book coming from me, the guy who uses an outright phoney name alias.
Jul. 3rd, 2013 11:11 pm (UTC)
I remember seeing your full name on Google+ and getting weirded out, like if you were working as a waiter at a restaurant and introduced yourself to my table as "Kevin." It's too professional, too vulgar. Always keep 'em guessing, KMO.
Jul. 5th, 2013 09:05 am (UTC)
I tired to change my facebook name to kat meow in order to remove my real surname, however facebook doesn't seem to believe that kat meow is a real name.

Got through with Katrina Meow though ;)
Jul. 7th, 2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
A clarification about why I deactivated my Facebook account
A listener wrote to me today, having just listened to C-Realm Podcast episode #369, in which I told the listeners that I had handed the reigns of the Friends of the C-Realm group on FB over to Larry Lowe and checked out, and asked me why I did it. I responded with:

In answer to your question, I've been KMO since the mid 90's. The only people who call me Kevin have either known me since before 1994 or they don't know me at all and they're reading my name off a screen because they are initiating contact with me in some official capacity on behalf of a corporation or government agency or because they are trying to scam me. When someone I haven't known for more than 20 years calls me Kevin I automatically put them into the "outsider" category and treat everything they say with suspicion. Facebook, by not allowing me to use KMO as my display name was prompting people who do know me and should enjoy the emotional benefit of having "insider" status to call me Kevin and thereby immediately lose their emotional status as "friendlies." On the day that I deactivated my account, two different people who liked what I do contacted me simultaneously via FB chat and opened with "Hi, Kevin." Not their fault, but that was the straw that broke the camel's back.
Jul. 7th, 2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
The whole real name thing is a pain in the ass online. In some cases, even when the name you are using is actually your legal name, they can still give you trouble. PayPal currently has me blocked because of a name issue, and I've sent them copies of my passport, social security card and drivers license to prove my name, but they still want a name change document. I didn't change my name, per se, just changed the language it was in, which the federal government was fine with, but PayPal isn't. Gah!!!!!
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