Facebook to offer vanity URLs
Want an optimized Facebook URL?
Facebook is letting users customize their profile URLs starting this weekend. Vanity web addresses will be dispensed on a first-come-first-served basis, replacing the random string of digits used by the social networking site now.
Starting Saturday, June 13 at 12:01 a.m. EDT (4:01 a.m. GMT), Facebook users may procure a custom username for their profile's URL by heading to Login | Facebook.
Custom usernames will be limited to alphanumeric characters or a period (".") and must be at least five characters in length. While the change doesn't appear mandatory at present, keep in mind there's Facebook's 200 million-plus users to compete with over potentially popular handles. God help ye, John Smiths of the world.
Facebook names will appear on the profile's URL as something like: www.facebook.com/jonathan.trundle/....
There do appear to be a few catches possibly geared toward preventing trademark infringement and squatting. Read the rest of the article here:
Facebook to offer vanity URLs • The Register