For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been getting occasional IMs and e-mails from what I can only assume are tween-age girls, asking if I work for Facebook. (“I need to talk to Facebook Team about something important, very important.”) I mostly ignored the emails, assuming that some version of a “facebook employee” Google search ended up at my site, prompting these kids to think that I work there.
However, the most recent e-mail I received included this line:
“I see your email on Sezzer Gomez’s photos. Are you Christopher Finke, the facebook team??”
This piqued my curiousity, so I did a search for “Sezzer Gomez,” assuming it was a blogger somewhere that had posted an image that contained my email address. It turns out that “Sezzer” is short for “Selena,” as in Disney tween idol Selena Gomez. My search led me to this Facebook page, for “The Official Sezzer Gomez,” who, in a bid to prove that she/he is actually Selena Gomez, posted a poorly photoshopped letter from Facebook that purported to be written by me (but strangely, was signed by Mark Howitson, one of Facebook’s lawyers). (The letter was photoshopped from the takedown notice I received from Facebook a couple of years ago.)
The contents of the letter are hilarious:
“We’ve received a complain up straight to your phone, that since you’ve joined Facebook, all of your accounts got either hacked or deleted for our system.”
Sounds legit to me; I know that when I joined Facebook, I too had all of my accounts hacked and/or deleted from Facebook’s system. Straight up to my phone!
P.S. “Straight up to my phone” is the new “Word to your mother.”