We were the first to tell you about the Facebook vanity URL landrush, and we’re going to guide you across the finish line. And don’t worry, I declined to participate in the journalist program that would have given me my name in advance. I’ll be right there with you, battling for the name I’ll have to live with for the rest of my life. Ok, that was a little dramatic. But it is a final decision – after you pick one, you can’t change or transfer it.
At 9 pm PST you’ll be able to log in and claim your new name. Go to facebook.com/username and log into Facebook. You’ll see a tool like the one below to pick a permanent Facebook URL:
Usernames much be in basic text, at least 5 characters long, and include only alphanumeric characters (A-Z, 0-9), or a period or full stop (“.”).
When you get your name, the next step is to leave a comment below with your new URL (yep, we want to see it) and then become a Fan of the TechCrunch Facebook page. Ok, to be honest, that last step is optional and probably has very little impact on you getting the vanity URL you really want. But it won’t hurt, either.