Hooray! The Facebook username servers didn’t crash (www.facebook.com/username). Also the countdown clock was genius and it went live right on time – a very California friendly time (12:01 EST). Below are my quick learnings:
- It was obvious that some Facebook URLs are being held by Facebook like /chocolate, /beer, /travel, etc. The reason that I say this that if you type in http://www.facebook.com/travel no fan pages show up.
- Your new Facebook username went live instantly.
- You can’t ever change your Facebook username, so hopefully nobody had any typos out there!
- Surprised that they allowed users and not Facebook fan pages to get such keyword rich terms as /whiskey and /studenttravel…my bet is these are turned over to fan pages at a later date – not via user transfer (not allowed by Facebook) but by Facebook playing Supreme Court and moving them over themselves. Money talks.
- If your fan page didn’t have 1,000 users by May 30 you couldn’t secure a Facebook URL. Hence, You have the fun of coming back on Sunday, June 28. This seemed odd that a user with only one friend could secure a great url while companies were left in the dark a bit.
- I had pretty good luck getting /equalman, /collegetravel, /VEDay, /educational.tours
- They need to figure out a way to allow or at least block items. For example if Shaquille O’Neal secured /shaq then some other bozo could get /shaquille.oneal and another /shquilleoneal
- It was fun IMing with friends – on Facebook of course – as the time deadline approached
- All and all it was pretty fun, because it was different and mainly because I have no life at midnight on a Friday.