Personalize your Facebook URL by adding a Username.

At today’s Pocono Tweetup I learned how to personalize my Facebook URL (web address) by adding a username to my settings.

I’ve seen other people post their Facebook address using their name or some variation of it, for example Jason Trump another member of the Pocono Tweetup Ning uses http://www.facebook.com/jasontrump. I often tried to get to my page by adding my account name to the Facebook URL like this: http://www.facebook.com/bruceflinn. Problem is I always got the error page like the one below. What gives?

For the life of me I couldn’t figure this out until… the subject came up at today’s tweetup and Lisa Sanderson said matter of factly “Oh just update your settings.”. Easy for her. I requested her assistance and fired up my Facebook page.

 

I found the *settings* link in the upper right hand corner and clicked it.

 

On the settings page I then clicked the *change* link for Username.

 

I can’t do print screens for the rest as Facebook only allows you to change your Username once so *Choose Wisely*.

I was given a choice of names to use and after picking the one I wanted I clicked the *check availability* link and was elated when the message came back telling me I was good to go (my words). I saved my changes and that brings us back to now.

You can find me on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bruce.flinn which is a whole lot better than something like this: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#/profile.php?id=nnnnnnnnnnn&ref=nf (where *n’s* would be a bunch of numbers that represent your user id).

 

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Comments

  1. Lisa, another good tip – I have a friend I'm helping with her facebook fan page and this will come in handy. – Thanks

  2. Always happy to help, Bruce! Thanks for getting the word out 🙂
    And did you know you can get a vanity url for your FB Business Page too via a similar process. They used to have a Fan requirement-not sure if that is still the case. Go in to your Pages settings and look around, you'll find it!

  3. Lisa, another good tip – I have a friend I'm helping with her facebook fan page and this will come in handy. – Thanks

  4. Always happy to help, Bruce! Thanks for getting the word out 🙂
    And did you know you can get a vanity url for your FB Business Page too via a similar process. They used to have a Fan requirement-not sure if that is still the case. Go in to your Pages settings and look around, you'll find it!

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