Now. I'm pretty sure all you Facebook-Freaks out there noticed that not-so-tiny-but-often-ignored block of message as soon as you log in to your fb account. Its announcing that "Starting on Saturday, June 13th, at 12:01pm, you'll be able to choose a username for your Facebook account to easily direct friends, family, and coworkers to your profile."
Believe it or not. It is taking the world by storm.
Some of us may not be bothered enough on this matter (that includes me!). But it grabbed my attention when I saw it was headlined in Bloomberg television today. ow duh! the tv in my house is always tuned into those channels - CNN, AlJazeera, BBC etc
The headline sounded like this : Facebook Users Cancel Friday Night Plans to Claim New Names
click on the link above to view the story on bloomberg.com
From my point of view, personally, why bother changing? Why of course everyone has their reasons & yes, we practice personal preference in this world, especially if it involves business with global market. But. As far as I've been using this social network, displaying a person's real name is what makes Facebook look professional; of higher-standard than the other social networking applications. Plus, it makes finding people A WHOLE LOT EASIER, compared to when people use nicknames. I managed to find my cousin thru Facebook by searching the name "Ruth" - thats the name we call her in the family, while her full name is actually Claudia Ruth Yapp. She's more known by the name Claudia, but heck, thanks to Facebook, I still managed to find her. The use of actual name was actually practical! This also explains alot why many working adults nowadays are into Facebook, although they never had MySpace, Friendster, etc. They can connect to their colleagues (and bosses) in an informal & fun way yet maintain being decent. In other words, it doesnt make you look KIDDY! ho yeah u rock Facebook!
But. Oh well. Like it or not, they're implementing this policy. So. Yeah. Soon you can see nicknames like (in Malaysia context) Selipar, BaldiDanGayung, Penagih with the sir name Dadih, Tipah binti Tertipu, and the list goes on. And yeah, you can no longer find your far long cousin Sabariah, cuz she's changed her name to Sabby. "My nick name is Izza. aww but Izza is taken~ nevermind, let just make it xXxIZzAxXx (What is that? A fence?). or maybe iZzAto0hoT. iZzA-licious? owh I'm so funky!". Its an eyesore. Sorry.
Then again, I respect personal preferences. Go ahead if you wanna change la dude, I won't kutuk. LOL!