facebook logoFinally, 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.  If you go to 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.  It also was not exactly the most appealing thing to have printed on your business card.  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.  People are going to have to race to grab their own names when the timer counts down to zero.  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…

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