Facebook's personalized web address
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Yes, Facebook's vanity URLs are now available for the taking. You have to be quick, because they are going fast. I just got mine, by chance.
What's the point of having a unique Facebook web address? We don't know yet--at least I don't know. It's vanity thing, I guess. You can ask the same question about vanity plates: what's the point? No point, really.
I usually like to claim my personalized stake everywhere; therefore, I exists as Jose Sandoval anywhere you look: domain name, gmail, facebook, twitter--though, no MySpace; I don't like MySpace--and anything else popular. What's more, if you are looking for me (Jose Sandoval) on the web, chances are that the top result will be me. Except for images: none of the pictures are me.
I like the way Facebook's personalized address works. It works similar to Gmails email addresses. I mean that facebook.com/josesandoval
is the same as facebook.com/jose.sandoval
, or any combination of delimiters in the username. Gmail works the same way: email@example.com is the same as firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's a smart move, obviously, as we don't come with unique names, and there will likely be many more people with the same name as ours. In a social networking site there shouldn't be any difference between jose.sandoval and josesandoval: it would get too confusing.
I've been told that there are many Jose Sandovals in Facebook. To all of them, I say, you were too late.