There seems to be some confusion regarding my use of social networking web sites, so let me set the record straight:
I’m not on Facebook.
To be fair, I can see why there’s confusion. It’s because there are five different Zack Hample pages on that site, including a few that are impersonating me. (See here, here, here, here, and here.)
The impersonation has really gotten out of hand. One of the fake Zack Hamples has not only been accepting friend requests from people who vaguely know me, but then RSVPing to their invitations. Just last week, a young woman in my writing group (who Googled me and assumed I was on Facebook) sent the fake Zack Hample an invitation to a book signing. He responded and said he/I would be there. As you might expect, the woman was peeved when I didn’t show up, and I had some explaining to do. I have since informed all 400-plus people on the writing group’s email list that I’m not on Facebook. (As for why I’m not on it, you’ll find a long explanation at the bottom of the FAQ section on my web site.)
Meanwhile, you might be interested to know that
I *am* on Twitter.
Of course, there’s also a fake Zack Hample on that site (who posts nothing but spam), so don’t be fooled. THIS is my real Twitter page. Check it out. You’ll see that it’s not just a bunch of links to my blog entries; I actually write full sentences about what I’m doing and thinking. (What a concept!)
Now, I’m kind of embarrassed to admit this, but I still have a profile on MySpace. At this point, I hardly ever log in to that site (does anyone?), but in case you do, feel free to add me as a friend. Meanwhile, I’m not at all embarrassed about my page on MyGameBalls.com. I also have a channel on YouTube, speaking of which…
Exactly 10 years ago, I appeared on a game show called “To Tell The Truth.” There were two other contestants who teamed up with me and pretended to be Zack Hample. (Very appropriate given all the Facebook nonsense that I’ve had to deal with.) A panel of celebrity judges then grilled us in an attempt to determine which one of us was “the real Zack Hample.” The way the show worked was that for every incorrect guess by the panel, we got $1,000 — not exactly life-changing money, but still pretty good. Anyway, I have the entire segment on YouTube, and it’s pretty silly, so if you have a few minutes to spare, check it out. Here’s the link.