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Facebook Offers A Username Mulligan

You can only change your username once

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Just last month, Facebook announced that they would allow users to choose a custom username, a.k.a. vanity URL, for their Facebook profile. A post on the Facebook blog warned users to:

"Think carefully about the username you choose. Once it’s been selected, you won’t be able to change or transfer it."

Well, that’s not true anymore. You can now change your username, but only once. At the time of this writing there is no official announcement from Facebook about the username change option.

Are you dissatisfied with your initial Facebook username choice? Let us know.

Facebook Username Change

It’s unclear when Facebook added this new option, but we’re sure some Facebookers will appreciate it, as ReadWriteWeb points out. If you wish to change your username, go to the "Settings" tab at the top of your profile and click on "Account Settings". The second option down is "Username", just press "Change" and pick your new username.
 
Last month, Mashable put together a pretty comical list of the "15 Silliest Facebook Vanity URLs", maybe some of those users would like a mulligan on their initial username choice.

Will you be changing your Facebook username? Tell us.

Facebook Offers A Username Mulligan
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  • Abe

    I’m pretty fond of mine…. Facebook.com/abefroman

    • Jeremy Muncy

      As you should be.


      Jeremy Muncy
      Follow me on Twitter twitter.com/jmuncy”>@jmuncy

  • http://www.thepromoshop.com Atlanta Promotional Products

    Oh, cool. Glad that added that. I was worry about getting one and wanting to change it. Now I’ll just get one.

  • http://www.zygella.com zygella

    That’s nice of Facebook allowing us to change our username once.

  • http://facebook.georgekao.com George Kao

    Does it matter?

    facebook.com/georgekao
    facebook.com/george.kao

    I know it doesn’t technically matter since both will go to the same place (dashes don’t matter in FB usernames either), but in terms of the one to set, I would imagine the one with the dot is better for SEO?

    Does anyone know?

    • http://www.fbvanityurls.com Jed

      Nope. Facebook UserNames are not case sensitive and periods do not make the vanity URL unique. Periods are the only non-number non-letter character you can use. I don’t believe there is a max number allowed…

      For SEO purposes, I would think it’s 6 to one, half a dozen to the other… Having the period in there looks better for me and may have some different benefits besides this. It definitely makes it easier to read and less confusing. With a rather short name and easy first name, it would seem less necessary. However, if you had a more unique first name or a longer last name, having a period would seem mandatory for me.

      Hope this helps. I have a lot more info about Facebook UserNames/Vanity URLs on my site. It’s dedicated to the subject and there are some fun lists! You should check it out and if you want some more visibility, join my Facebook Page that’s on the homepage…

      http://fbvanityurls.com

      Jed

  • http://missbloggerph.blogspot.com/ Miss Blogger

    I am not happy with my facebook URL. This is great.

  • Guest

    What’s the purpose ???
    … Schizophrenia !!!
    I already knew Facebook always was and will be for losers. Now it’s even official.

    • http://www.globelinks.info Jennifer Lopez

      I used facebook for a year, but now i dont like it.

  • http://www.toysonwheelsvariety.com Toy Man

    Common Sense and not Vanity. A little thought before you rush in to pick a name works well. I will not be changing mine.