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changing standard object

Is it possible to change the standard object [contact]'s {name} field's data type from name to text? In the app that I am trying to develop, the unique identifier of a contact is SSN. I would like to use that as the key. Is this possible?

The contact doesn't really have a name field. It has a first name and last name that together are defined as the name field for the contact. It's kind of wierd, but it is done that way so that when you do a search scoped to object name, both first and last names are included in the search.