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Facebook About to Allow URL Usernames

 2:29 pm on Jun 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

Let the land grab begin!

Facebook About to Allow URL Usernames [blog.facebook.com]
The one place, though, where your identity wasn't reflected was in the Web address for your profile or the Facebook Pages you administer. The URL was just a randomly assigned number like "id=592952074." That soon will change.

We're planning to offer Facebook usernames to make it easier for people to find and connect with you. When your friends, family members or co-workers visit your profile or Pages on Facebook, they will be able to enter your username as part of the URL in their browser. 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.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Saturday, June 13, you'll be able to choose a username on a first-come, first-serve basis for your profile and the Facebook Pages that you administer by visiting www.facebook.com/username/. You'll also see a notice on your home page with instructions for obtaining your username at that time.



 5:24 am on Jun 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

It would seem some celebrities got first dibs before the rush started, and obviously anybody working at Facebook when it comes to just first name usernames.


 8:03 am on Jun 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

If the keywords are taken, then why do they now show up as facebook. com/keyword ?


 9:18 am on Jun 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

drugs, money and lawyers were all "page not found" so they must have been set aside as off-limits.
I'm in awe of the guy who somehow got "mesothelioma".


 2:29 pm on Jun 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

Looks like the meso guy is a Dallas lawyer.


 1:15 am on Jun 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

A great thing for when you meet someone at a bar. You can say here's my facebook. If you look up someones first and last name it can go pages of guesses.


 2:50 pm on Jun 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

Do you guys really think facebook.com/keyword will show up on SERP's?

What do you think is key for Facebook SEO?

Backlinks, Keywords, Links to sites that contain the keywords, the number of friends (aka Facebook backlinks),

I cant think of anything else...


 3:19 pm on Jun 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

Just like any URL you just need to get some links to it and it will rank.


 10:53 am on Jun 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

Going to take mine :)


 3:46 pm on Jun 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

got mine. There are 8 people with the same name as me on Facebook.


 3:58 pm on Jun 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

got mine...alot better than the old system


 12:28 pm on Jun 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

You will not be able to edit or transfer this username once you set it.

A deliberate ploy on the part of FB to stop the landrush speculators. Think you can grab a url with a brand name that's not yours, do a bit of user name squatting? Think again...

FB have also set up a procedure for those who believe their intellectual property has been infringed.




 11:56 am on Jun 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

the name i want for my page says it is taken, except when you type in the url it says page not found. Could this name be reserved by FB or something?

seems strange. It is the name of a location.



 5:54 pm on Jul 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

I was able to get a couple of great vanity url's during the land rush. These are very general terms which no one could claim copyrights on. I'm curious as to whether anyone thinks they will be worth $ down the road. I've been to the site that sells/buys social accounts and have not seen one FB vanity sell. I assume this is because no one really knows what their worth could be.

With FB growing over the next few years I would think eventually they would be worth something right?

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