Do You Have a Facebook Vanity URL?

Facebook and Genealogy

As a result of yesterday’s post asking all genealogists to send in links to their favorite genealogy-related pages, groups and people on Facebook, I noticed a pattern:  not everyone is taking advantage of obtaining a vanity URL from Facebook.

What Is A Vanity URL?

When you create your profile page or a fan page or a group on Facebook, the page is assigned a long number.  Like this:

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1019772152

But when you create a vanity URL, the same link looks like this:

http://www.facebook.com/tmacentee

Vanity URLs make it easier to remember a link but it also is a good way to market yourself or your genealogy site – using a name is much better “branding” than a long number!

How Do I Get A Facebook Vanity URL?

  • You will be prompted to select a vanity URL name and check for availability.  Warning: once you select a name you cannot change it! Choose carefully!
  • If you have created a Facebook page for your business or organization, click Set username for pages and you can select a vanity URL for each page. Note: a Facebook page must have at least 25 fans before it is eligible for a vanity URL.

Conclusion

You can learn more about Facebook vanity URLs here.  Consider securing your vanity URLs now as part of your overall marketing and branding plan.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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Thomas MacEntee
Thomas MacEntee is a genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community. Utilizing over 25 years of experience in the information technology field, Thomas writes and lectures on the many ways blogs, Facebook and Twitter can be leveraged to add new dimensions to the genealogy experience. As the creator of GeneaBloggers.com he has organized and engaged a community of over 1,100 bloggers to document their own journeys in the search for ancestors.