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What you need to know about Facebook urls - Know what it is and how to communicate it to others

What you need to know about Facebook urls

Know what it is and how to communicate it to others

 

There are many times when you need to give your Facebook page url to others.  It could be a friend, potential customers, another website or a form somewhere. 

A Facebook URL can take 2 forms:

  1. A vanity name like:
    https://www.facebook.com/PickYourOwn.org/

    OR
  2. The default version: Some part of the name plus a series of numbers:
    https://www.facebook.com/Corn-Mazes-and-More-1788963521392810/

What do you provide to those who ask for your Facebook page?

These urls above are what you should provide to others when they ask for your "Facebook page url" or a "link to your Facebook page".

DO NOT simply send them your business's name and tell them to "Search in Facebook". To put it bluntly, that's downright idiotic.  You've turned a one-step process for them into several steps, including looking through a list of search results and possibly selecting a competitor's page.  Why do that?  Simply send them you actual REAL Facebook page url.  It appears on the address bar line every time you go to your page in a browser. All they need to do is click on it and they will see your page and only your page!

How do I create the vanity version?

If your url has the numbers in it like version 2 above, you change change that to a simple name version.  Here's how.

  1. Go to your Facebook Page's "About" tab or the left side of the page.
    You may need to click a "See More" link to see the "About tab"  Facebook keeps messing around and changing the look and organization.
    Click on the About button.
  2. Now, you should see the field where you can create or edit your Facebook Page username
     Click the "Create Page @username" link on your About tab to create your Facebook Page's username.
    Restrictions:
    Your username must:
    • be a minimum of 5 characters and a maximum of 50 characters.
    • It can contain alphanumeric characters and periods only s (A-Z, 0-9) or a period (“.”).
    •  no spaces or other special characters are allowed
    • You can only have one username for your Page or profile.
    • You can’t use a username that someone else is already using.
    • Usernames can only contain alphanumeric characters (A-Z, 0-9) or a period (“.”).
    • You cannot use generic terms or extensions (.com, .net).
    • Periods (“.”) and capitalization don’t count as a part of a username. For example, johnsmith55, John.Smith55 and john.smith.55 are all considered the same username.
    • Usernames must be at least 5 characters long.
    • Your username must adhere to Facebook’s Terms. source
    • You must be an admin to create or change the username for a Page.
  3. Check availability
    Facebook will tell you whether they'll accept your username or not. 
  4. Final step, click create your Facebook Page username and vanity URL
    If you're sure it looks correct, click the Create Username button.
    You will see a confirmation message:

 


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