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06|10|2009 12:28 am EDT

Facebook Vanity UserName Release Details

by Adam Strong in Categories: Miscellaneous

As mentioned previously Facebook is introducing Vanity URLs on Saturday . . .or what they are simply referring to as usernames.  Further details of the new usernames was posted on the Facebook blog today and there is a countdown to the Saturday, 12:01 AM EST release date as well.

With over 200 million active users, the addition of usernames to Facebook is a pretty big change to navigation. The improvements will help people easily find users and information on the site and provide much shorter and more practical URLs for use on print materials, social media, linking, SEO, etc.  As Facebook points out :

“This way people will have an easy-to-remember way to find you. We expect to offer even more ways to use your Facebook username in the future. . .

People can enter a Facebook username as a search term on Facebook or a popular search engine like Google, for example, which will make it much easier for people to find friends with common names.”

Current policy states that users will only be allowed one username per account ( I’m sure many people already have multiple accounts) and a username for each of the pages that you administer . . . only pages with 1000 fans and created before May 31st are eligible.   Facebook is also only allowing usernames to be 5 characters or longer (so much for  facebook.com/adam and I guess facebook.com/u2 is exempt ) and they will only be in Roman characters for now. Usernames will not be able to be changed either, so as TechCrunch puts it “choose wisely”.

The introduction of these new usernames will likely provide Facebook with similar challenges of username squatting that Twitter has faced and even the lawsuits that come with parodies.   To jump ahead of that, Facebook has a page where brand owners can submit their requests to prohibit trademarks from being used in user names.

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Mike

June 12, 2009 @ 11:15 pm EDT

I got my name as the username.

You don’t need 1,000 Fans to get your own username.

Your Facebook account must be registered before June 9 as the only criteria.

Mike

Adam Strong

June 13, 2009 @ 11:09 am EDT

you need 1000 fans to get a username for a page not for your account. sorry if this was worded confusingly.

Allen-Montreal web design

June 16, 2009 @ 5:40 am EDT

I got my facebook username, was up til 12:03

http://www.facebook.com/internetmarketingcompany

blackhat.me

June 18, 2009 @ 6:23 am EDT

Turns out it is possible to have 3 and 4 letter usernames on Facebook. Not to sure if this is a bug or a easter egg or whether they intend to stop it but if you are still looking for a username why not grab a 3 letter for bragging rights

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