Please don't take this personally, but Facebook isn't interested in your name. (Within reason, of course.) The email address is what distinguishes a Facebook account. Each account has a single email address that serves as the account's login identifier (think "user name").
You can set up as many email addresses as you want for a Facebook account. For example, if you use Gmail, you can set up a second email address for yourself so friends know how to contact you. They'll still be able to reach you through your main account, just in case your secondary address goes down or someone wants to send you something private.
Here's how to add an email address: Log into Facebook from a computer that is connected to the internet. Click on the arrow next to your username and then click on "Edit Profile". In the sidebar on the right, under "Email Address", type in your new email address. Then click on "Save Changes" at the bottom of the page.
That's it! Your new email address is now active on Facebook.
You can also use different email addresses for different purposes. For example, you could use your personal email address for private messages from friends, and your work email address for business inquiries or orders sent to your job.
While there aren't many Leo Notenbooms in the world, there are plenty of John Smiths. Email addresses are unique because they're usually created for only one person at a time.
In addition to the email address, certain other information can also be used to identify accounts. This includes phone numbers and IP addresses, but those may not be unique enough for some people. There are two ways that Facebook identifies accounts: through the email address or through someone who knows the password. If you have an account and don't log in regularly, we keep it active until you interact with your News Feed or other apps on Facebook.
There are times when we might need to disable an account in order to protect users from things like abusive behavior, but most times, we'll just use the existing contact information to send notifications to the account holder. When a user signs up for Facebook, they provide us with a username and password. We may require more information from you during registration if we feel like it can help us connect with you or your application better. For example, if we ask for your location, this could help us show you relevant content from businesses around you.
A Facebook account is unique to someone who has an account and provides us with accurate information.
Because there may be hundreds or thousands of people with the same name, your Facebook account is linked to your email address and/or phone number rather than your real name. You cannot use the same ones since Facebook would reactivate your previous account rather than create a new one. However, if you want to change your name, you can do so without having to worry about losing any information or interactions on existing accounts.
If you use your own email address to sign up for Facebook, it can be tied to your personal information--especially if you've used that email for other accounts. Make sure you use a name and an email address that doesn't contain any features of your real name. This includes names of families, friends, or colleagues that may also appear in emails from Facebook.
There are two ways to create a Facebook account with your real name: either use your full legal name or using your first name followed by "s" or "es" depending on how many people are joining the account. For example, Alex could join as alexsmith or alexsie while Amanda might register under her maiden name (or even if it wasn't hers yet!).
If you choose your full legal name when creating a Facebook account, then anyone who finds your official records will know exactly who you are. Records include things like school papers that mention your name, tax returns that contain your social security number, and anything else that contains your full legal name.
Using only your first name to register for Facebook means that someone could take control of your account if they find your usernames online or even if someone steals your identity. They could post inappropriate content on the site, send messages to other users, or add them as a friend. There is no way to prevent this unless you give out your full legal name when you register.
While Facebook requires users to give their real names when creating an account, some users use pseudonyms instead to conceal their genuine identities. Fortunately, Internet users are never entirely anonymous, and if the matter is significant, you can learn someone's true identify. Read on to find out how.
Unsurprisingly, Facebook has a slew of regulations about usernames. Your page or profile can only have one username. You cannot claim a username that is already in use by someone else. Usernames are limited to alphanumeric characters (A-Z, 0-9) or a period ("."). Usernames must be at least 3 characters long.
There are some exceptions to this rule. If you're an established business with a website, Facebook may allow you to use your website's URL as your username. However, when searching for other users or pages, Facebook will not link websites directly - it will instead use the first several characters of each site's address. Therefore, if you use this method and another user already uses these first few characters, you'll need to come up with another nickname for your page.
In addition to usernames being restricted to one page or profile, they also cannot be used as email addresses. This is because many people use the same email address for different sites; therefore, if one email account was used as a username on another site, it could cause problems for those users who try to relay messages back and forth between the two accounts.
Finally, Facebook usernames cannot be sold or given away. If someone tries to sell or give their username to another person, this action would violate Facebook's terms of service and could result in their account being shut down.
To create a Facebook account, you must have a name and a valid email address or cell phone number. If you encounter an issue, you may be required to give an appropriate form of ID to verify it later. For example, if you tell Facebook that your name is "James Bond", they will not allow you to log in under that name. However, if you can provide proof that James Bond exists (a passport or driver's license with your photo on it), then you should be able to log in using that identity.
Facebook also requires its users to be at least 13 years old. However, if you are below this age, you may be allowed to register if a parent or guardian lets Facebook know about your existence. The company says it uses various methods to verify the ages of users, such as asking for school information from students' parents or looking at student photos on social networking sites.
In addition, Facebook asks for a valid email address so it can send information about updates to existing accounts and new products/services. Users can update their email address at any time by clicking on "Forgot password/" and following the instructions provided. However, if you delete your email program's cache files, you might find it difficult to login again. Therefore, it's important to save a copy of your email program's spam folder so you do not lose track of messages from Facebook.