Facebook Feature To Register A Username – Attracts 3 Mill.

June 15, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – Facebook’s new feature that allows users the ability to register their vanity usernames to more easily find a page attracted three million people in the first twelve hours.

According to a report by ITProPortal, the first fifteen minutes brought in 500,000 people. By the end of the hour it was a million, and by the end of twelve it was three million, making it a smashing success for the social networking site.

The vanity screennames will allow users to attach a name to the URL of their page, making it easier to access or search for. It is similar to that used by MySpace and Livejournal, which commonly have user names in place of page numbers.

Users of Facebook will find the option located at the top of their homepage. Clicking the link to the username activation page, they will find pre-made options containing their registered name, or they can create their own.

Critics say they worry that the feature will allow for squatters to register a large number of common names, and then charge through a third party for the rights. So far, no cases of this have been reported.


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