Logging on to Facebook from Japan triggered a lengthy authentication process. Having only used the site from US IPs logging in from a Japanese address forced me to go through an authentication process which involved answering a number of face identification questions in a multiple choice format. This was quite un-nerving for the following reasons:
- Some of the people I knew from face to face interactions, but I hadn't seen in a long time (people change over time).
- Some of the people I had never met and was barely able to figure out who they were. If it weren't for the multiple choice format of the challenge I would have failed.
- Some of the photos - this is true - had tagged people who were wearing fancy dress costumes including a full mask. The face was literally not visible, and I wouldn't be getting any points for recognizing a dead president. Fortunately Facebook showed two different images per person.
Facebook gets full points for an innovative application of tagged pictures, but it wouldn't have surprised me at all if I had failed to 'reactivate' my account (following the language used, logging in from a different country must 'deactivate' your account).
The irony for me was that I had actually meant to log on to Foursquare but my fingers weren't listening to my brain. I was actually already in the authentication process before I realised - this doesn't look like Foursquare...