Facebook seems to be bending its just-announced policies prohibiting the use of game character names for Facebook profiles -- at least in the case of Toysoldier Thor, which is the Second Life avatar name of a guy actually named Scott in real life. However, after getting his account suspended, Scott sought the intercession of Sister Roma, a famed San Francisco drag queen who has been helping Facebook improve its real name policy. After I blogged about this last month, Scott contacted Sister Roma with lots of supporting evidence:
"It seems Facebook NOW just wants ample proof that your name in Facebook is clearly used widely and consistently as a well known/used identity for the person," Scott tells me. "And I provided that with my screen shots of over 10 sites where I used Toysoldier Thor."
Scott did this through Sister Roma about 6 weeks ago, and frankly, I was skeptical he would succeed, primarily because Sister Roma herself told me "Your [Facebook] user name should reflect the name you are known by as use in your everyday life, on- and offline.” So it seemed that showing that your Twitter/Instagram/etc. accounts also bore the same name wouldn't cut it for Zuckerberg's crew.
However, Sister Roma is known for doing wonderful things, and in this case, at least, she did for Scott: