January 31, 2009 | Filed under: wedding bells, technology, misadventures
I’m always eyeballing folks’ Relationship Status on Facebook. Always checking out those little red hearts. It always seems like such a personal thing to be sending to a public feed. Getting ‘In A Relationship’, becoming ‘Engaged’, suddenly ‘No Longer In A Relationship’…and then there’s room for comments; I never know what to say. Congratulations! Oh, I’m really sorry. WTF?
I never worried about this myself because Brian never had a Facebook account. Under pressure from his friends at work, he asked me to help him out (translate: “do it for him”). We both thought this would be a fun Saturday afternoon activity. What is was, in fact, was a pain in the patootie.
Turns out he already had an account under a false name that he’d forgotten about but it was tied to his primary email address so we couldn’t change his name (John Sinclair of Utica, NY…yeah. I don’t know what that’s about). Then we tried creating a secondary email address under a moniker he’s always been known by but it turns out he had already created THAT address, too, and did not remember the password nor THAT email’s secondary email address to retrieve it.
Two email accounts later we set about getting Facebook Engaged.
This took over an hour because we have one computer to work from and had to sign in and out of our respective Gmail and FB accounts repeatedly.
NOW we’re a “real couple”!