Facebook Vanity URL Rush Happening Tonight

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One of the biggest differences between Facebook and MySpace is vanity URLs.  Since MySpace started they have offered URLs to users that are in the format: http://myspace.com/yourusername.  Facebook’s user name assigns a number based on the order of which someone joins.  The format of Facebook’s URL is http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=[random number].

But starting tonight, Facebook users will have vanity URLs.  Some companies and people have already been rushing for a one-word vanity URL.  At 12:01AM Eastern Time tonight, users can grab a username of choice that will redirect to their profile.  I know I’ll be near a computer when this event takes place.

Facebook will be preventing registration of usernames that infringes trademark.  The social network recommends that you register a username that closely resembles your name.

This reminds me of when GMail first came out.  The service was invite only and people actually traded tangible goods over a forum.  In one case, I saw someone giving away a signed Kobe Bryant basketball just for a GMail invite.  I bet that person is kicking themselves right now.

[via Facebook Blog]

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

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  1. jewelry says:

    thanks for the information, its very useful

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