Facebook kicks st00pid numbers, allows unique names

But if you actually want to secure your unique name, you gotta be quick, because:

Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Saturday, June 13, you'll be able to choose a username on a first-come, first-serve basis for your profile and the Facebook Pages that you administer by visiting www.facebook.com/username/. You'll also see a notice on your home page with instructions for obtaining your username at that time.

That's what the official blog says – and what's even more important: once you chose your unique username, it's here to stay – no change of mind later on. And it's first come, first serve – so be quick!

The unique user names must have at least 5 (alphanumeric) chars:

Facebook usernames will be available in basic text forms, and you can only choose a single username for your profile and for each of the Pages that you administer. 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 (“.”). While usernames are currently available only for Romanized text, we're looking at how we might support non-Romanized characters in the future.

I really wonder if the majority of users will use their real name, their nickname or try to secure popular keywords. The race starts at 12.01am EDT on June 13th – good luck!

4 replies
  1. Techengage
    Techengage says:

    It will really depend on the kind of users.
    For example, internet marketiers will try to get some of the best keywords arround, some social networking gurus will try to get some of the best nicknames arround, while the rest of peeps will just try to get their names. Imagine the fight for names like Johnny, alexander, cindy, etc hehe

  2. Karolin
    Karolin says:

    In most cases I use my real name since its nothing special that could make me famous;-)It`s hard to find a unique nickname, and I would forget something very exotic! My own name is good enough:-)

    • ritchie
      ritchie says:

      I completely agree with you – on Facebook, most users type the real name into the search field anyways. But it’s still a great feature for brands and brands. And if someone was lucky (or fast) enough to secure a common name like /chris, that’s pretty cool, too, I guess :mrgreen:


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