Grab Your Facebook Username: Secure Your Online Profile

Facebook is introducing Facebook usernames to make it easier for people to find and connect with you. Now people will be able to enter your username as part of the URL in their browser and will have an easy-to-remember way to find you. But grab your facebook username before someone else does.

Facebook has emerged as one of the most popular social networking service across the web and people are actively using it to present their online profile. And these short and targeted usernames will surely rise high in Google search results for boosting your online profile.

Currently your Facebook profile url looks like this

Now you can change it to

Remember to get online on 12:01 a.m. EDT on Saturday, June 13, and visit when people can select their Facebook usernames on a first-come, first-serve basis for your profile and the Facebook Pages that you administer.

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Remember you can only choose a single username for your profile and for each of your Pages and you won’t be able to change or transfer. Your username must be at least five characters in length and only include alphanumeric characters (A-Z, 0-9), or a period or full stop.

Remember how you can choose your vanity url on Google Profile, which they also promoted by free business cards. Facebook profiles are going to get even bigger and better now, so be ready to grab your username before someone else does.

Update: Anil Dash has a humorous take on Future of Facebook Usernames and how the feature’s rollout will be covered by the technology trade press and the mainstream press.

Update: Facebook let top journalists skip the queue and they grabbed some cool usernames before others. Many people will have eligibility issues, if you created new accounts recently, and trademark owners are blocking their usernames.

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About the Author: P Chandra is editor of QOT, one of India's earliest tech bloggers since 2004. A tech enthusiast with expertise in coding, WordPress, web tools, SEO and DIY hacks.