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Longtime San Diego comedian Russ T Nailz wants to do an “about Facebook” — as in, leave the popular social-networking medium.
Over the Fourth of July weekend, Nailz was advised by Facebook that his personal page — one he’s had since Facebook started in 2004 — had received too many friends. The advisory said he had to have a fan page, rather than a personal page, because of too much traffic to the Nailz page.
In order to get his personal page back, Facebook made him start using his real name — Russ Wilbur Stolnack. “Like I want everyone to know my middle name is Wilbur,” he said.
Nailz thinks he had only about 1200 friends, but traffic to his page must have blown up just prior to the Fourth. He made several local TV and radio appearances promoting his upcoming comedy show that weekend, and he thinks that’s what triggered Facebook’s actions.
“Over the years I added friends. People I don’t know asked, and I said, 'Sure.' I just wanted to make people laugh and post funny pictures,” Nailz told the Reader.
His new Facebook fan page appears to be limited. Having to use his real name ruins the launch page for his comedic impressions, appearances, and photos as Russ T Nailz. He also said he’s been unable to post his live streaming videos, among other things.
“The lines get blurred,” he said. “Sometimes I want to get serious and people think it’s a joke.”
If one searches Facebook for Russ T Nailz, it comes back to his real name’s page.
Thinking he may have reached cult-like status on Facebook, he said, “Maybe I should wear white Nikes and a purple robe,” referring to the 1997 Rancho Santa Fe–based suicide cult known as Heaven’s Gate.
As of July 11, Nailz had over 18,000 comments on his fan page. And he has regained 350 friends on his personal page, his middle name of Wilbur apparently no deterrent.