How to Use Facebook Using Your Second Life Avatar Name
Yesterday this 2011 post about Facebook deleting some Facebook accounts named after Second Life avatars went crazy viral on, well, Facebook. Evidently some SL users are worried about their own Facebook accounts getting suspended. So to emphasize a point that's been made often before, let me say it again in bold:
To use Facebook with your SL avatar without violating Facebook's policies against fake names, create a Facebook page named after your avatar, and change your Facebook settings to reflect that.
Basically, here's how it works:
Scroll down to the bottom of your Facebook account and click "Create a Page" on the bottom left. (See screencap above.) Create a Facebook page named after your avatar. Once you've done that, all you have to do is choose to interact in Facebook through your SL avatar:
To do that, you click the gear icon on the top right corner of your account, and select your page/avatar name. (See screencap above.) Since I created a Facebook page for New World Notes, I can choose to "Use Facebook as New World Notes". If I had created a Facebook page for my avatar, I could choose that instead. And there you go.
And I definitely recommend doing so: the official Facebook page for Second Life keeps growing, and now has nearly 315,000 fans. (Up from 300,000 a few months ago.) I often come across SLers claiming that Facebook is anti-Second Life, which is an imminently silly notion for several reasons. The SL userbase on Facebook is too small to warrant much attention from the company in general. (Hello, 315,000 is a tiniest fraction of its 1 billion+ userbase.) For another, one of Facebook's top engineers, a right hand man to Mark Zuckerberg himself, is Second Life co-founder Cory Ondrejka. (And Cory's brought over about a half dozen other Linden engineers to the Facebook team.) So any scant attention Second Life gets from Facebook's higher ups is more likely to be positive, than negative.
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