Will the real Mark Zuckerberg please stand up?
It's not often that the name 'Mark Zuckerberg' inspires sympathy. But spare a thought for the Indianapolis attorney of that name, who's been fighting a Kafkaesque battle with Facebook to try and prove that he really exists.
Zuckerberg says that when he first tried to set up an account two years ago, the company initially refused, citing 'false identity' as the reason.
After four months or argument, during which he sent the company his driver’s license, birth certificate, and Indianapolis Bar Association license, he was finally allowed in. Two years of normal usage followed.
But earlier this week, Zuckerberg's accounts was abruptly closed down once more.
"I have put a lot of energy into becoming an exceptional bankruptcy attorney and establishing my good name nationally. If you had Googled Mark Zuckerberg in 2004, you would have found me," he says.
"If you had repeated the search two years later, you wouldn't have found me at all. Now my name isn't mine any more. The website HowManyofMe.com claims that only one Mark Zuckerberg exists in the entire United States. Which one do you think they're counting?"
Finally, though, after some considerable pleading, he's managed to get back on Facebook - and can once again start receiving begging letters from people that think he's a billionaire.