Up to yesterday this blog did not have a Facebook or a Google+ account. In fact, I never used Facebook or Google+ ever before, I always just relied on twitter.
The truth is, that if you’re serious about making money online, you will have to expand your own social network to include people who use other social services such as Facebook and Google+.
So I started to learn about Facebook, Google+ a bit and after creating an account on each, I started to see how I can improve it even further.
I found that if I want people to check my Facebook or Google+ pages or even add me, I will have to link for both accounts from my blog. But when I went to acquire the link for each, it looked a bit ridiculous.
For Facebook, my link looked something like this:
which is not only ugly looking, but if you meet anyone on the street and you want to give them a direct link to your profile or page, it’s just going to be impossible to remember.
For Google+, my link was also too long and it looked something like this:
Wouldn’t you rather have your Facebook URL be something like:
“http://www.facebook.com/YOUR-USERNAME“ much easier to remember isn’t it?
I saw many people link to their Facebook account with nothing but their name or the name of their company in the address right after Facebook.com so how did they do it?
Let me introduce you to:
Facebook Vanity URL Feature
Facebook allows you to register any name you want as long as its related to your identity, and link it to your Facebook page. The problem is that since this is a unique name to your account, no one else can have it which means that many of the names that you would like to register are already taken.
Facebook knows this, which is why they allow you to use other names for your profile, as long as it’s not offensive of course, otherwise you will get reported and possibly get your account banned. A good idea is to use your nickname, or even your Twitter username. Both are good possibilities, and most likely to be still available.
Possible To Change My Name After Registering It?
Not gonna happen, Facebook have millions of users, and their customer service don’t have time to respond to your name change request. On top of that, when you access their registration page for your name, they clearly state that “You will not be able to edit or transfer this username once you set it.”
How Do I Register My User Name?
The easist way is to:
1) Make sure you login to your account before you do anything else.
2) While you are logged in, visit the address (http://www.facebook.com/username/)
This will allow you to enter a username for not only your profile account but also for any pages that you have created, for example pages that lead to your websites or anything else you may have.
Once you enter a name, you will be able to check its availability and if it’s available you will be able to register it, otherwise Facebook will give you some suggestions if the name you choose is not available.
How About Google+?
Right now Google+ shows a big number as part of your profile address (For Example: “https://plus.google.com/111786862965908577487/posts”), not only is it hard to remember, its not easy for your friends to easily identify who you are just by looking at it.
Unlike Facebook, you cant just enter a username that you want in your Google+ account and expect to be able to use it instead of that huge URL. We’re going to have to use services that shorten your URL a bit so it’s easier to remember.
How Do I Shorten My Google+ URL?
There are some services out there that will allow you to do just that, but my favorite 2 are:
Using the above service my URL transformed from:
So while you may not be able to enter a username for Google+ just yet, you can at least shorten it so you can easily remember it and share it with your friends.