The Museum of Hoaxes
hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive
Hoaxes Throughout History
Middle AgesEarly Modern1700s1800-1840s1850-1890s
1900s1910s1920s1930s1940s1950s1960s1970s1980s1990s21st Century2014
104-year-old woman forced to lie about age on Facebook
On the internet nobody knows if you're a dog. And on Facebook, nobody knows if you're really a 104-year-old woman... because Facebook won't accept 104 as a valid age!

Woman, 104, forced to lie about age on Facebook

Marguerite Joseph can be forgiven for lying about her age on Facebook. The 104-year-old Michigan woman's granddaughter says Joseph is unable to list her real age on the social media site. Gail Marlow says when she tries inputting her grandmother's birth year as 1908, Facebook changes it to 1928. So for the past two years, the Grosse Pointe Shores centenarian has remained 99 — online, anyway.
Identity/ImpostersSocial Media
Posted by The Curator on Mon Feb 25, 2013

FaceBook does have borders or limits that I also just gave up on. Not just age but also schools. The first being 'what high school did you go to?' assumes just ONE and second just a school here in the United States (or the country I guess where your FaceBook presence resides). The algorithm wants to 'recognize' specific schools presently in existence and none of mine (since I went to multiple high schools and most were in other countries) are in their list. It also won't allow you to write out a list, or explanation either so it looks like I never went to high school but DID go to college.

FaceBook also assumes only a small number of employments and mine far exceeded their little limits as well so I just put in what I've done basically as a hobby since I was 8 years old, art.

Some algorithms here on the internet sit in the sandboxes of kindergardens.
Posted by hulitoons  in  Abingdon, Maryland  on  Tue Feb 26, 2013  at  05:44 AM
Well, at least they recognized the need for an 'its complicated' setting for relationships...
Posted by Robin Bobcat  in  Californian Wierdo  on  Tue Feb 26, 2013  at  01:49 PM
Robin, that's just lame!
Posted by hulitoons  in  Abingdon, Maryland  on  Tue Feb 26, 2013  at  06:52 PM
Commenting is no longer available in this channel entry.
All text Copyright © 2014 by Alex Boese, except where otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.