Bebo Alters Users’ Profile Names

Lets Them Know Later

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Bebo was once referred to as "the best social network" based on a variety of factors, one of which being its protection of members’ privacy. It is that protection, however, that has a lot of its users peeved. They are apparently changing users’ profile names at will whether they like it or not.

Andy Beal at Marketing Pilgrim shares an email he got from the social network when they decided to change his:


Andy Beal,

Your username has been changed by a Bebo administrator for security purposes. Sorry for the inconvenience.

New Username: AndyBeal_*******

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Please do not reply directly to this email.

If you have a question about the Bebo service:

1) Read our Help page by clicking – http://www.bebo.com/Help. This will probably answer your question about Bebo.

2) If you still have a question, then please contact us with your question by clicking – http://www.bebo.com/ContactUs

Bebo, Inc., 795 Folsom St, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA.


It is unclear exactly what threat Bebo is trying to protect its members from, but perhaps the suggestion of a name change upon login would have been a more appropriate action to take rather than Bebo taking it upon itself to take that liberty. Andy’s not the only one complaining. Twitterers have shared similar experiences:

Bebo Tweets

I bet the list of complaints would be a thousand times larger if Twitter itself had done this. At least Bebo had the common courtesy to let its users know that it was altering their information.

Bebo Alters Users’ Profile Names
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  • Hatrickpatrick

     The new Bebo IM system that just went online is the reason for all the name changing – this system apparently runs on the same server as AOL’s AIM system – hence why it only appeared after the AOL buyout. When you use the Bebo IM box, you’re actually using the AIM system as username@bebo.com. The problem? The AIM servers don’t allow usernames with -, only _. So anyone with a – would cause server errors for the IM system. To get around this, Bebo have apparently changed everyone’s username -s to _s…

  • Lee Conabeare

    SomeBody Has Hacked Into My Bebo Account And Deleted My Bebo.!

    i Really Want Too Get It Back Could You Please Help Me.!?



    • guest

      hello how are you what have you been up to where do you live

  • Naizah

    hi there, i have a problem with commenting/replying back to friends on bebo, but it just signs me out……how can i fix this problem?

  • CrystaLena

    how come on bebo you can have you name like what ever you want i think it should be alloud because its away of expressing youself….
    or they spell your name the way they think it should be spelled when its not really…

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