Monday, March 28, 2011

How to Personalize Facebook Profile with a Custom Username

On many social network services, you can recognize and memorize the URL of a user profile (including your own profile) from the additional text that represent the username on related social network. Username text is shown as a prefix (sub domain) or suffix (sub directory) of the social network homepage (Eg. http://twitter.com/username, http://digg.com/username, http://www.myspace.com/username, etc.). But not with Facebook social network.

By default, your Facebook profile is long and confusingly. Your default Facebook URL is just a randomly generated number that identifies your page to Facebook. Of course, this is very hard to remember.

This is the default URL for your Facebook profile:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=123456789012345

But wait, did you know that your Facebook profile can have a custom personal URL? That's right! You may personalize the URL address of your Facebook profile using your own personal username.

You can make it easier to remember by change it into something like this:
http://www.facebook.com/username

How to do that? It's easy and fast:
  1. Login to your Facebook account.
  2. Go to http://www.facebook.com/username.
  3. Facebook will suggest some usernames, based on your name or other account information.
  4. Choose one of the suggested usernames, or you may create your own username by entering a unique username, and click check availability. 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 (".").
  5. Confirm to set your username. Please note, you can change your username only once, so make sure your username is good enough and that you like it before clicking confirm.
Now, your Facebook profile more memorable and making it easier for your friends, fans, or customers to find you. It can be sent through your email, as a signature. Furthermore, your custom profile address is now more search engine friendly!

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