Facebook has just announced that it will be offering custom usernames (“vanity URLs”) for Facebook Profiles and Pages, starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Saturday, June 13, 2009.
This is going to the equivalent of the GOLD RUSH or the LAND RUSH in cyberspace
This is a big deal for many Facebook members, who have long been frustrated by hard-to-remember Page and Profile addresses made up of random strings of numbers. Now directing people to your Facebook page can be as easy as telling them your username.
Each Facebook user can claim one custom username for his/her personal Profile, and administrators of Facebook Fan Pages can claim one username for each Page they own — with certain restrictions.
When choosing your Facebook username, here are a couple of points to keep in mind:
Usernames must be at least 5 characters long, and can only contain alphanumeric characters (A-Z, 0-9) or a period (“.”) Usernames are not case sensitive. Certain generic words such as “pizza” and “flowers” (and no doubt certain rude words, too) are not allowed as usernames.
Once you click “Set Username,” the username you’ve chosen cannot be changes, edited or transferred to a different Facebook account. So think long and hard about what username you’ll want to have attached to your Page or to your personal Profile for the rest of your time as a Facebook member — and type it in carefully.
See ya on Saturday!