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November 6th, 2013

About a month ago I got an email in Spanish from Facebook. Some guy with four names—two of them mine—had started an account on the service. Unfortunately, he appears to have made a mistake with his email address—he for some reason entered mine as his primary email account. I’ve had similar things happen before, when people who share my name get mixed up and enter my email address.

This one, however, was getting annoying. Every other day, I would get yet another email from Facebook, telling me about something or other that this guy needed to attend to. I tried sending him a message on Facebook, but no reply. I don’t know, maybe he’s sitting there wondering where his Facebook email is. Because I got the email notifying him that a message had been sent to him.

Finally, I got fed up with it. I realized that since my email was the one registered to the account, I could log in—and that’s what I did. I chose the “I forgot my password so email it to me” option, and got into the account. After checking, I discovered that after one month the guy had done absolutely nothing in his account. Feeling better about locking him out because I had changed the password, I proceeded to add a junk email address (thank you again, 10minutemail.com) and then removed my own, and then I logged out, never to return. Hopefully.

If they guy is annoyed that his Facebook won’t work, tough cookies. He annoyed me over and over again for the past month, now it’s his turn.

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  1. Troy
    November 13th, 2013 at 13:50 | #1

    In “get-my-own-blog” dept:

    http://i.imgur.com/rKIGfAh.png

    is a spreadsheet I made of current resident aliens in Japan.

    (I removed ‘special registration’ of Japanese of Korean decent from these totals)

    Going back from my memory of my several 1990s visits to immigration bureau, doesn’t surprise me that there’s so many Philippines people here; they’re also why the M-F ratio is tilted to F (hopefully Japan will start hiring more Filipina nurses and fewer hostesses!)

    Brazilians are the big news:

    http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1892469,00.html

    decreasing by 30% . . .

    2 out of 5 foreigners are Chinese.

    Not many Americans, but there’s ~25% more now than there were in the 1990s:

    http://homepage2.nifty.com/tanimurasakaei/heisei11.htm

    table 4 shows ~42,000 米国人 for most of the 1990s.

    http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/LFWA25MAJPM647S

    is a pretty stunning graph of Japan’s demographic wall you hit last decade — it’s all downhill from here.

    Probably a good thing since I still think Japan is way too overcrowded.

  2. Luis
    November 13th, 2013 at 13:54 | #2

    On the post topic… the guy made another Facebook identity… and AGAIN used my email. Did he not get the idea when he could not change his password because the registered email is not his?

  3. Troy
    November 13th, 2013 at 13:56 | #3

    (oops +14% more americans since 1999)

  4. Troy
    November 13th, 2013 at 13:58 | #4

    mebbe it’s a way to scam somehow

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