Friday, January 22, 2010

In Which the Author Is Dragged Kicking and Screaming into the Modern World

I blame Charles. He might blame Xavier, but I blame Charles.

You see, nudged by Xavier, my friend Charles created his own Facebook page and posted the link on his blog. The problem is, if you’re not a Facebook member you can’t access someone’s Facebook page. Since I had recently been frustrating in trying to view Seun’s Facebook page, I though, Fine! The modern world wins; I’ll join. I don’t need to actually fill in any of those fields or put up my picture. All I have to do is type in my name and join. Right?

First problem: Join under what name? I chose CS Harris. Except the Facebook wizards changed it to Cs Harris and I didn’t even realize it until I’d already gone live. So I went back in and tried to correct it to C.S. Harris, except they told me, “Too many periods in first name.” So I took out the periods and they told me, “Too many capital letters in first name.” So I put the “C” as my first name and the “S” as my middle name, and they told me, “Full first name required.”

By this point I was seriously regretting having tried to join the modern world. Unfortunately, given the way the system works, I already had oodles of my friends who had already joined the modern world (aka Facebook) suddenly wanting to be my “Friend.” So, rather than chucking the whole thing, I tried to change my name back to Cs Harris, except the Facebook wizards wouldn’t let me. So in a burst of exasperation, I changed my name to Candice Proctor. So there.

You know, this is way more trouble than it’s worth. Bah humbug.


Blogger Charles Gramlich said...

Wow. Lana told me later about the name problem so I'm glad I just started off with Charles Gramlich. I'm not even going to try and change anything around. I haven't found it to be too time consuming so far, and I've run into a few folks from high school and grade school that is kinda cool.

8:16 PM  
Blogger orannia said...

Congrats Candy/Candice/Cs/C.S. *grin* That's the reason why I don't want to join, although I have a friend who keeps asking me too... So far I am resisting :)

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is hard to resist - but a wonderful way to be out there. My husband teased me for months and then he joined suddenly and now...well, he can't stop.It is also a good way to network with others of the same ilk - such as other writers!

12:21 PM  
Blogger Steve Malley said...

All I can say is, stay strong... do NOT let Mafia Wars into your life! :)

2:09 PM  
Blogger Keira Soleore said...

Candy, there are accounts under "C.S. Harris" and "Cs Harris." Are those not you? I.e., we should only friend "Candice Proctor"?

11:33 PM  
Blogger Keira Soleore said...

But...there are so many Candice Proctor accounts and some don't even have photos. Which one of them is you? A direct link to your profile, please!

11:35 PM  
Blogger cs harris said...

Charles, my daughter told me about the name problem after the fact.

Orannia, some people love it.

Anon, all I need is one more thing distracting me.

Steve, I don't think I even want to know...

Keira, You mean they created a bunch of accounts? Oh, yikes!

10:24 AM  
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12:15 PM  
Blogger LJ Roberts said...

As I use LJ as my first name, I ran into the same problem with Facebook. Somehow, I was able to get L.J. (no spaces) accepted as my first name.

10:23 AM  

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