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GUEST BLOGGER: Miss Pale Pink Coat Has the Skinny on New Facebook Vanity URLs

Facebook

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, Google Profiles,Skype and
Flickrwith 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
Dell.  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.

Other tips:
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
linked there.
4. Send out a tweet on Twitter with your new Facebook info.

GUEST BLOGGER: Miss Pale Pink Coat Pretties Up Job Seekers’ Google Profiles

Your Google ranking is more important than ever. Also important, whether you’re a job seeker or small business owner, is being able to be found.

Google profile is a simple way to set up camp within Google searches so people can find you or your business.  They can then contact you from right within your Google profile with the “Send a Message” function.

A Google profile is simply how you present yourself on Google to the world. Your profile will come up anytime someone Googles your name so it’s a great way to make a first impression – because you control the content.

It allows you to control how you appear on Google and tell others a bit more about who you are. You can include, for example, links to your blog, online photos and other profiles such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and more.  You don’t even have to include your direct contact information if you don’t want that made public – just verify your email address and they’ll add a “Send a Message” function to your page.

We’ll use my Google page as a sample:

http://www.google.com/profiles/lisaanndupont

 1 image, name, headline, location

2 ability to email

3 links

4 bio

profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click <a href=”https://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?service=profiles&continue=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Fprofiles%2Fme%2Feditprofile%3Fedit%3Dh&skipvpage=false&ltmpl=me#about”>here</a> to start your Google profile today.

 Job Seeker Tips:

  • Use the same headline here that you use on LinkedIn.
  • Obvious but we have to say it: link to your LinkedIn profile
  • Post your resume
  • Cut & paste some of your LinkedIn recommendations and use them on your Google profile page
  • Make your contact information clear and easy to find
  • Don’t link to your personal Flickr account if there are overly personal photos there – i.e. drinking, partying or anything of the sort [and why do you have those photos ANYWHERE Google can find them?! Remove them NOW!]
  • Put your Google profile URL on your resume, Web site and LinkedIn page

Have a Google profile already? Leave your URL in the comment below; we’d love to see how everyone is customizing their pages!