Usernames are going to make Facebook even more friendly with easy to find pages of your friends. Facebook is finally owning up to the logic of facebook.com/yourname vs. facebook.com/profile.php?/id=982339823. Facebook opens the door to this fun at 12.01am EDT on Saturday, June 13. That is right, it is you against 200 million other Facebook users vying for the coolest usernames out there.
In what could be the biggest race on the web, Facebook is going to be getting more action at 12.01am than a wire bargain bin in K-Mart. I’d be surprised if the site didn’t go down or at least experience major slow downs. Here is how you can navigate the rush.
Step 1: Show up early.
You’ll want to get there at 12.01am to get the user name of your choice. You are battling over 200 million for Facebook.com/hellokitty so you’ve got to be at the starting line. Waiting until morning is going to put you at a serious disadvantage and don’t forget 12:01am means it’s only 9:01pm on the west coast. Darn Californians get everything – easier Facebook time, earthquakes, wildfires, Schwarzenegger…
Step 2: Choose wisely
How important is this? It depends on what you use Facebook for now and what you’ll use it for in the future. It’s no secret that prospective employers are finding out all about you on Facebook and using that info to made hiring decisions. You won’t be 26 forever and someday you won’t want to be tied to bigsac409 when you’re older, will you? Give it some thought now, OK? Users will not be able to change or edit these later – one shot is all you get.
Step 3:Stumped? Consult Facebook
Stumped by Step 2? Can decide between /hotmomma and /golddigger5? Never fear, Facebook suggestions are here.
Facebook will offer suggestions just like other websites that let you claim a username. For example, my suggestions are likely to be JGMason8339, MasonJG32, GlassJarJunkie2. Not great but if you are stumped or come up with something wacky, these suggestions might let you know what people will be searching for you as.
Step 4: Facebook suggestions stink. Get original.
According to Facebook:
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.
So, get creative.
Step 5. Change your name.
I’ve heard worse reasons for changing your name Change it to something like “Iyaz Akhtar” who I am pretty sure won’t have any problems getting the vanity username of his choice (yes, I am jealous). I’d hold off on using what is available on Facebook to name your baby though. Who knows how long this site will be around…right, MySpace?
Alternative Solution: Ditch Facebook.
Save yourself the time, trauma, and anxiety of ending up with the username equivalent of two right shoes after the battle at the bargain bin. This whole web thing isn’t going to last. Chances are pretty good that Facebook will die someday or be bought up by Proctor and Gamble and turned into an add for laundry detergent anyway, so ditch now and gloat then.
I mean who wants to go around with /stinkyfish393 as their username just because it sounded good at 3am when you made it home from the bar? No one. I hear MySpace is making a comeback, go be part of that wave.
“Let me explain, no there is too much, let me sum up”
While I’ve poked fun at the seriousness of usernames, they are pretty useful. You can bet your bottom dollar that if Facebook were going to charge for these, we’d be yelling from every high hill rather than complaining about how hard it is going to be to get something decent in this first come, first serve web line. Finding people should get easier. Business cards will proudly display they stayed up late to get a good user name. Facebook says they’ve got more plans for usernames too.
No pressure though. Good luck!
Read: [Facebook Blog]