Facebook Username Registration Opens Tonight

Facebook username registration opens for the firs time in just a few hours, marking a major milestone in Facebook identity. For the first time since Facebook began over 5 years ago, users will be able to choose a username to go by on the site. And while it may not be clear today how broadly Facebook usernames will be used in the future, everyone should be careful to pick a username that they will want to be associated with their real Facebook identity for years to come.

Here’s how the username allocation process will work:

  • Starting at 12:01am EDT tonight (4:01am GMT on 13 June), Facebook users can choose a username on this page. The names will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Once a name is chosen, Facebook says it can never be changed or transferred – it will be your Facebook username and URL forever. So you should choose a name that you’ll be comfortable associating with yourself for the rest of your life.
  • Usernames must be at least 5 characters long, and will only be available in Roman characters at launch.
  • Facebook has restricted a lot of generic and trademarked usernames – so you won’t be able to pick “InNOut,” “GeorgeBush,” or “Mesothelioma.”
  • If you created your account after June 9, 2009, at 3pm PT, you’ll have to wait until June 28 to get your username.

In addition, Facebook has set up several rules for businesses interested in getting vanity URLs for their Facebook Pages. Only those Pages with more than 1,000 fans on May 31 will be eligible for usernames starting tonight. The rest will also have to wait until June 28.

Facebook chose to start the username landrush at midnight on a Friday night in the US to ease the transition on its internal systems and processes. Europeans probably have the toughest time though – they’ll be getting up at (or staying up until) 4-5am to get their Facebook username.

Good luck getting the name you want!

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49 Responses to “Facebook Username Registration Opens Tonight”

  1. Geoffrey Rosete says:

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  2. Facebook Username Vanity URL Registration Countdown « D-Mac’s Blog says:

    [...] with more than 1,000 fans (as of May 31st) to get first rights to their username.  As for those legitimate businesses with less than 1,000 fans, you will have to wait until June 28th.  [...]

  3. Mike says:

    I got my name as the username.

    You don’t need 1,000 Fans to get your own username.

    Your Facebook account must be registered before June 9 as the only criteria.

    Mike

  4. William White says:

    My new username. The one I wanted and got it:
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    My girlfriend got:
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    Good luck everyone!

  5. Joffrey says:

    It was hard for Europeans (6 AM in France) but now it’s done, and I got what I wanted:

    http://www.facebook.com/joffrey

  6. LouAnn Petersen says:

    Not sure that this is right as it has not told me if it avaible or not

  7. Narem Ali says:

    I got what I wanted :)
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    Then if you want to publish what you go visit
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    ;)

    Good luck to those who haven’t selected a username yet. They are going incredibly fast of course.

  8. Lynn Rose says:

    Snatch your username RIGHT AWAY! I went to get mine – less than 2 hours since it opened and I believe I’m already the victim of cyber name squatting.

    Tried to get facebook.com/lynnrose but it was already taken by someone who’s listed as evelyn rose. What’s weird is that her name is available so why take ‘lynn rose’ AND her profile is locked and she has no pic – so it looks very suspicious.

    Anyone know if there’s anything I can do or any way to investigate?

    Thanks for your help…

    Lynn

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