Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Facebook Username

I got an interesting email from Facebook this evening to inform me that from 13 June Facebook will allow users to choose a username for their Facebook account. In their own words, this will allow you "to easily direct friends, family, and coworkers to your profile."

To choose your username just go to any time after 05:01 on 13 June.


Kevin Dunne said...

Hi Christian, I read that facebook are using a first come first served approach to usernames.

If this is the case, I imagine there's a lot of people who might think they can make a quick buck by registering a brand's name and then try and sell it to them.

Christian Hughes said...

The only thing is, only profiles registered prior to June 9th can take a vanity URL i.e. if you register a profile today you will not be able to try and get '/coca-cola' tomorrow.

Meaning, the only way for someone to grab a trademark vanity URL would be to change an existing profile. Not a complete solution but certainly limits the average person from thinking about it.