June 12, 2009

Facebook vanity URL policies

Facebook vanity URL craziness has struck netizens across the world. A record(if it exists)200,000 usernames have been registered in 3 minutes.FB vanity URL's bring Facebook one more step closer to beat twitter and this is one of the smartest moves in social network space of late.

So keeping in mind of the mad rush Facebook has set up few rules and regulations in claiming vanity URL's. The basic idea is to prevent people from creating new accounts just to take advantage of reserving a username.

For usernames eligibility is limited to anyone who joined Facebook before username availability was publicly announced at 3 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, June 9, 2009.

And for, Fan Pages (Which FB started treating as profiles) they must meet two requirements: it must have been live on Facebook prior to the May 31, 2009 cut-off date and have had a minimum 1,000 fans at that time.

Fair enough, but I am surprised how Intel created a vanity URL to one of there fan page with just 103 fans?

Facebook is under fire very often these days for screwing up there policies and terms and I hope they don't messup on vanity URL's policies, as this dictates online identity of many users and brands

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