Username Registration for Facebook Pages With Under 1,000 Fans Opens Tonight

Two weeks ago, Facebook opened up username registration to all users, but only those Pages with over 1,000 fans before May 31. Tonight, the second wave of vanity URLs are being released to any Page with over 100 fans at 11:59pm ET (8:59pm PT).

To get your username, head on over to facebook.com/username this evening.

Why has Facebook added the restrictions that Pages must have over 100 fans to get a username? Simply, to prevent squatting. If Facebook didn’t place that restriction on Pages, it would be a lot easier for vanity URL squatters to create thousands of Pages and then register desirable usernames for them all. Now, the barrier to squatting is a lot higher.

As with usernames for Facebook users, Facebook has set up a few rules for choosing a username for your Facebook Pages:

  • The names will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 11:59pm ET.
  • Once a name is chosen, Facebook says it can never be changed or transferred – it will be your Facebook Page’s username and URL forever.
  • Usernames must be at least 5 characters long, and will only be able to contain Roman characters.
  • Facebook has restricted a lot of generic and trademarked usernames – so you won’t be able to pick things like “flowers” or “travel.”

It’s unclear if Facebook will ever allow vanity URLs for Pages with under 100 fans. Facebook is trying hard to preserve the authenticity of the brands and businesses behind Pages, so we wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t lift this restriction for a while.

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23 Responses to “Username Registration for Facebook Pages With Under 1,000 Fans Opens Tonight”

  1. M. Nestor says:

    What about Facebook user pages created after June 9th? Any word?

  2. Archippe Yepmou says:

    I have the same request than M. Nestor. Please Facebook, Allow the Page created after the 9th of june. with more than 100 members.

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  5. Ferdinand Tschernitz says:

    I am using this since a few days (the ad for it was a pain in my neck as it took so much screen-estate – so I choose a username).

    BUT I don’t think I have “more than 100 Fans”. I don’t even have 25 “Friends” in Facebook!

    Or am I getting something wrong?

  6. Matt Suppa says:

    So, what about the “little” guy? How are we supposed to get a username for our Fan page?

    Apparently, Facebook decided to amend the language (and in doing so) their policy on allow customized “usernames” for Facebook Fan Pages with under 1,000 fans to include some additional text that looks like it was just thrown on there “if they have more than 100 fans” without even correct punctuation in the amended sentence: “All Pages created after May 31, 2009 or that had less than 1,000 fans on that day will be eligible to claim usernames on Sunday, June 28, 2009 if they have more than 100 fans.”

    I guess we’ll simply have to wait for the dregs of whatever usernames are left.

    Thanks Facebook!

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  8. Neil Street says:

    I agree with Matt — it sucks that the “little guys” with under 100 fans on their page can’t claim a vanity url. It is all the more annoying when it was a “last minute” amendment. I for one spent a half hour at 11:59 pm on June 28 trying to claim vanity urls for my smaller business clients, some of whom have had their pages for a year or more. Finally, I stumbled on the amendment that limited the program to 100+ fans. Typical action of a big monopoly.

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  11. runi_uthy says:

    terima kasih

  12. Pat says:

    Why does FB have so many problems? For over an hr I have not been able to login to the Farm Town. Server error.. then when you can play, not for long, server error saving data.. what is their problem?
    Their programers need to get this fixed and for good. To many beta bugs.

  13. Tobi Olatunde says:

    Keep it flowing

  14. clarkj says:

    dis priss lucci on line. d world is full of misery and challenges.we need to overcome it

  15. Mary Richardson says:

    How do I creat a new account, or if you would kindly lift the ban that has been placed on my account, that would be nice. At first I thought it was because I said the S word, but turns out someone reported me and they just did it again
    :( Thx, Mary Richardson

  16. tamara ahmad says:

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  17. radio ub says:

    prijavi se na facebook

  18. stephanie popular guh says:

    okay me play free realms i dont know how to get free station cash!!

  19. stuart says:

    am bi names ov stuart,am in need ov agal.BYE

  20. Raymond Itabor says:

    i really want to get connected to all my friends which i have met in various place i have lived

  21. FAHIM ULLAH KHAN says:

    hii salam to my all frnds n im studet of telecinme engrng n want to chat my dear frnds thanks

  22. I shall love to log in on facebook says:

    Help me please

  23. kotryna says:

    as noriu faceboke

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