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Why I’m Not Excited About Facebook Vanity URLs

(Transferred over from the old Vox blog)

So there is all this hype, and apparently we are all going to be sitting at our computers (at 5.01am for us here in the UK) waiting to choose our very own Facebook url. Maybe we’ll be so nervous we’ll be hitting the refresh button over and over, just hoping against hope that our page loads faster than that other person with the same name on the other side of the world (or even down the street).

Now, assuming the whole system doesn’t go down from the overload of users, we’ll get options of names (because obviously your first choice will be taken – a bit like coming to Gmail or Hotmail late in the game and having to have a collection of numbers after your name). You choose your url, and then you can send people directly to your page. Similar to what MySpace and Twitter have always done… This url will always ‘belong’ to you and even if you decide to leave the Facebook world forever noone else will be able to use it.

Why am I not bothered about this? Because Facebook is, for me, the social networking site I use to connect with people I actually know. I know everyone I am ‘friends’ with, to varying degrees. All of them can spell my name well enough to type it into search and find me, and if they can’t, well who are they to me anyway?

I never refer people to my Facebook page. In fact all my privacy settings are set so high that it would be immensely boring for you to go there. (Unless you know me, in which case you can request to be my virtual Facebook friend – Hi by the way, and no I still haven’t got around to uploading those photos). I kind of like the fact that we don’t have our names splashed all over it. It has meant less spam, and less randoms adding me as a friend (where do these people come from anyway?!). My photos I share on there are my own private pictures of social gatherings I go to, not huge media events that I want everyone to see. I use Twitter to connect with people I know online, and share as much information about myself as I want shared there on the ‘open market’. Systems like Twitter and MySpace are sold on a very different premise to Facebook. They are telling you to SELL YOURSELF. Facebook was always more about connecting with your IRL friends. And yes some of my Twitter friends have become Facebook friends but that is really a whole other thing (and pretty rare on the whole).

Will I be up at 0501 waiting to choose my url…? Only if I happen to be awake. If I don’t register straight away I probably will do so at some point during the morning. Will I be excited about it? Probably not. I’m only registering so it doesn’t look like i’m ridiculous for not having done so.

In case you are excited, or even if you are not, go here after 0501 GMT on Saturday to get your own Facebook vanity url.

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