by Alphaville Herald on 13/05/09 at 8:14 am
Facebook group to petition for avatar identities on Facebook
by Pixeleen Mistral, News Idoru
A sadness tinged with arousal – Facebook is already an MMORPG
The grand tradition of self-referential emergent behavior in social software continues as Facebook users have formed a group to petition the Facebook gods to allow avatar and pseudonym personalities to live free from fear in Facebook.
The social networking site has a no-avatar policy which appears to be unevenly enforced — in some cases media celebrities are allowed to use their pseudonyms or stage names for their Facebook pages, but other have suffered deletion of their Facebook accounts. The Avatars and Humans United group's charter says:
We are legion, the avatars who live and work as our digital selves. We may have other names and lives beyond our avatar forms but we live and work as identities that capture hearts and bond with millions. Avatars and Humans alike ask that Facebook continue allowing avatars to serve as primary profile pageholders so that we do not unnecessarily delete many hundreds of thousands of productive Facebook connectors. Do we ask all film stars to use their real names on Facebook, or any other media celebrity? What are positive network solutions that can come from the deletion and displacement of our friends the Avatars?
To join the avatar rights group click here.