Finally, I will no longer be known as http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502499893
In a move that ultra-popular social network Facebook has needed to do since day one, they will be introducing “vanity URLs” at the end of this week. Â If you go toÂ http://www.facebook.com/username/ you will see a countdown clock for your local time as to when you will finally be able to choose to choose a username for the service so the address for your profile will look like http://www.facebook.com/yourname.
Up until now you have had an address that was impossible to tell to someone you met at a meeting, in a bar, a professional event or basically anywhere else. Â It also was not exactly the most appealing thing to have printed on your business card. Â Why they didn’t go this route originally is a mystery, but at least they are correcting their mistake now.
The only flaw with this entire plan is the land rush mentality it is going to inspire. Â People are going to have to race to grab their own names when the timer counts down to zero. Â If your name is ‘John Smith’, I wouldn’t hold your breath on getting your own name as your URL, but if your name is something more Englebert Humperdink, I would say your odds are a bit higher…