After long last, Facebook is finally making vanity URLs available to individual users (corporate users have had this option for awhile). Starting at 12:01 am on June 13th you can log onto this page
www.facebook.com/username/and register your vanity URL. If you have a
very common name – i.e. Brian Smith – I suggest you stay up until Midnight
and register it quickly. Common names will be the first to disappear. Now
instead of our URL being a series of numbers, you’ll be able to apply your
name. Changes will make sharing your Facebook account much easier!
Think of how great it’ll be to just have facebook.com/briansmith on a business card or within your email signature.
Here are few tips for picking the right user name:
1. Try to stick with the same user name across all platforms. For
example, you can find me on Twitter, LinkedIn, Profiles,Skype and
with the username “lmdupont”. I’ve picked this rather than just
“lisaann” because many people spell that wrong. To keep it simple I use
“lmdupont” whenever possible.
2. Keep to your personal name – don’t be tempted to tie your name with
your company name. A great example of why this doesn’t always work is
. Many Dell employees use “DellRICHARD” or something similar. Well,
what happens if you leave Dell? Your entire social media identity is tied
to Dell. Personal brand first, then business.
3. Make sure your vanity URL choice is easy to spell.
4. Try to stay away from a vanity URL choice that is too long – i.e.
facebook.com/lisaannfromredondobeach – that’s just too much!
5. Don’t be too cutesy. It may look cute today, but is it going to look
cute in 5-10 years when you’re facebook.com/hotbabymomma? Uh, no.
1.Update your email signature with your new Facebook address ASAP.
2. Have your Facebook address added to your business cards.
3. Update your Facebook address on your LinkedIn page if you have it
4. Send out a tweet on Twitter with your new Facebook info.