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

About the Author

Thomas MacEntee
Genealogy educator and author Thomas MacEntee has been researching his family history for more than 40 years and is the creator of Abundant Genealogy, Genealogy Bargains, DNA Bargains, The Genealogy Do-Over and numerous other web-based genealogy and family history properties.