Over a billion people use Facebook, the world’s largest online social network. I am sure you would agree with me that there are identity-clashes in such a huge user base. We all know who Barack Obama is. But if another person with same same comes and creates a profile in the name of Barack Obama, you can not stop him. This would be a valid profile because person’s name is indeed Barack Obama, it’s just that he is not POTUS. More commonly, there would be miscreants who will try to make fake Facebook profile in the name of the President.
Facebook has tried to put an end to all these valid confusions and intentional misdeeds. Facebook has launched the “Verified Accounts” and will allow the people with verified accounts to have an alternative name to be shown along with their real name.
You might ask, “what’s the need of having a verified account?”
Well, do you know who is Stefani Germanotta? I bet that most of you would not have heard of a person with this name –but if I ask you who is Lady Gaga –there are fair chances that most of you would recognize the name. Did you know that Lady Gaga is the stage name of Stefani Germanotta? Facebook is trying to deal with this kind of situation by having famous people to verify their accounts and then allow them to have an alternate name on their profile.
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So, upon verification of documents, Stefani Germanotta’s account will be attached to that person and because she is better known by the name of Lady Gaga, she will be allowed to display her stage name on profile (so that more people can recognize her)
Generally, Facebook does not allow it’s users to have nicknames. This social network is based entirely on real identities. But famous people sometime are better known by their alternative names. From now onwards Facebook’s system will be able to search for the alternative names as well. This will make life easier for fans as they will easily be able to connect to their heroes.
Can you have your account verified in order to get an alternate name?
No, Facebook has decided to select people for account verification. No one can not apply for account verification on their own. For verification, Facebook will ask the chosen people to submit their ID proof.
This is a good move and on the lines of Twitter verification process. It helps general public in identifying genuine accounts from fake profiles. Way to go Facebook!