Why does FACEBOOK need to know if I’m ‘really’ married to my wife?

This will be my second major annoyance (that may be harsh, but you be the judge) with Facebook, and it’s so shocking to me that all I could think to do was write about it. Somehow, for some reason, I got an e-mail inquiry from Facebook asking me to confirm that I am actually, really, truly married to my wife. The e-mail reads as follows:

Jamie says that you two are married on Facebook. We need you to confirm that you are, in fact, married to Jamie. To confirm this relationship request, follow the link below:

      a-link-to-confirm
Thanks,
The Facebook Team

Why does Facebook need to ‘confirm’ this? Do they not trust my wife? Or are there that many people in their user-base claiming husbands, wives, and spouses that aren’t really theirs? You know, I’d almost feel less confused and invaded if they just straight out asked me for my bank account PIN or how much I paid for my house. Why does Facebook need to ‘confirm’ this? Do they not trust my wife? Or are there that many people in their user-base claiming husbands, wives, and spouses that aren’t really theirs? You know, I’d almost feel less confused and invaded if they just straight out asked me for my bank account PIN or how much I paid for my house. Should I scan and send them my marriage certificate? Maybe Jamie and I should renew our vows and invite someone from Facebook to witness. I guess mastering social networking means introducing many real-life social quirks. For some reason, I can’t wait to experience more of them.

Why does Facebook need to ‘confirm’ this? Do they not trust my wife? Or are there that many people in their user-base claiming husbands, wives, and spouses that aren’t really theirs? You know, I’d almost feel less confused and invaded if they just straight out asked me for my bank account PIN or how much I paid for my house. Should I scan and send them my marriage certificate? Maybe Jamie and I should renew our vows and invite someone from Facebook to witness. I guess mastering social networking means introducing many real-life social quirks. For some reason, I can’t wait to experience more of them.

chuckstar

5 Comments

Renee

The confirmation puts your relationship status on both of your profiles. If you decline, then you won’t be married on facebook. Your status will be whatever it is now. You wife’s status will say “married” but there will be no link to your profile from it.

It only makes good sense to confirm the relationship status- facebook does this whether it “complicated” or if your married. It’s just like that fact that facebook makes you confirm that you are friends with someone. Some websites allow you to friend someone but not have it be mutual, but facebook doesn’t work that way.

Paul

Uh, come on. It’s pretty obvious why the have to confirm the details. If I was a female friend of yours on Facebook I could declare you as my husband, but I’m obviously not! It’s just stops people being idiots, don’t take it so personally!

Ben

It will be a real scary day when Facebook starts asking Rob for confirmation about the girls he’s dated! 🙂

“Jojo says that you two hooked up in the back of her car up at Lookout Point. We need you to confirm that you have, in fact, hooked up with Jojo. To confirm this encounter please submit any remaining dna evidence you may still possess, in sealed, plastic baggies to…”

Scott

Yes, all the reasons above are true, but the main purpose is validated data is worth more. A social networks worth is based on the depth of their user data. Facebook has done a wonderful job of collecting users data without people feeling violated. There is a reason companies have attempted throwing billions of dollars at them, it’s not because they have the most popular site on the internet, it is because they have a ton of “validated” user data.

Think of the targeted marketing possibilities, Chuck’s birthday is coming up, Chuck’s profile says he likes the Boston Red Sox, and the Beatles, why not display a John Lennon iTunes ad, or a Jet Blue Boston Red Sox weekend getaway promotion while Jamie is online. Jamie sees one of these ads, thinks what a coincidence, and clicks through the ad. Now obviously this marketing plan has a few holes and would be very expensive to target that specifically, but it isn’t too far off.

Anus

It’s so some random male/female/thing doesn’t put you as being married/in a relationship to them and it actually showing up on their page as well as yours. If you confirm it however then it will show up on his/her/it’s page as well as yours…

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