Get Ready For The Rush To Get Facebook Usernames

Facebook announced [in a blog post](http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=90316352130) that Facebook Usernames will be opened for your choosing starting at **12:01am EDT on Saturday June 13**.

Facebook Usernames provides vanity URLs to make it easy for people to visit your profile or Pages on Facebook. Instead of numeric number, your chosen username will form your new Facebook URL.

![Facebook Usernames Vanity URLs](http://sanziro.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/facebook-usernames-vanity-urls.jpg)

The username is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Expect a landrush when the service goes live this Friday midnight. Choose your Facebook username at [www.facebook.com/username/](www.facebook.com/username/).

![Facebook Vanity Urls](http://sanziro.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/facebook-vanity-urls.jpg)

Think carefully about the username you want as you won’t be able to change or transfer it once selected. To prevent abuse and name squatting, Facebook prevents you from choosing a username if you signed up for a Facebook Page after May 31 or a user profile after June 9 at 3pm EDT.

Facebook usernames will be available in basic text forms, and you can only choose a single username for your profile and for each of the Pages that you administer. 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 (“.”). While usernames are currently available only for Romanized text, we’re looking at how we might support non-Romanized characters in the future.

Check out the [Facebook Usernames FAQ](http://www.facebook.com/help.php?page=896).

Get [details here](http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=91106469821&ref=blog) if you are managing Facebook Pages.