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HOW TO: Change Your Facebook Username

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Not long ago, I wrote about how you can setup your own facebook username (a.k.a Vanity URL), so that your facebook profile URL is like – www.facebook.com/yourusername rather than the very long url that facebook provides by default.

Initially, Facebook mentioned that they won’t let anybody change their username once its already set. Thus everyone gets only one chance to make it right! But it looks like now its not the case anymore. If you are for some reason not happy with your current facebook username / Vanity URL — you now have an option to change your username!

How to Change My Facebook Username

Facebook has made it very easy to change your username. Simply login to your facebook account and go to your Facebook settings page. If you are already logged in clicking here will take you right there.

Once you are at your “Settings” page, you should see a new section called “username” displaying your current username and also a subsequent button called “change” to do the obvious!

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If you were drunk while you have set your facebook username previously and regretted doing so; this is your chance to make things right again!


Facebook Fan Box Widget

facebook fan widget Facebook has recently introduced a widget called “Fan Box” that Facebook page administrators can install on their website so that their readers can see the facebook page updates directly on the website almost in real-time. On the top of that, readers can also become a fan of the Page by simply clicking a button on that widget itself. According to Facebook, over 8 million users become fans of Facebook Pages every day to connect with their favorite public figures and organizations and get updates directly in their streams. Now with the help of this new facebook fan box widget, users can connect with brands, musicians, celebrities, businesses, and more, whether they’re on or off Facebook.

The Fan Box is very easy to install and just takes a few simple steps to fully integrate it with your existing website. If you are a facebook fan page administrator, you should be able to get the Fan box widget running on your page by copying only four lines of JavaScript.

How to Add a Facebook Fan Widget on your Website

To install the Facebook fan widget, first login to your facebook account and go to your facebook Page – there you should see “Add Fan Box to your site” right underneath your Page’s profile picture. Each Fan Box includes the Become a Fan button. You can customize the Fan Box to include additional features including the stream of recent posts as well as a list of fans. The Fan Box can integrate tightly into your website – it takes a minimum of 200px width and 64px height for the button, and 554px height with all features included. You can read more detailed instructions on the Facebook Developer Wiki.

Here are some examples of different uses of the Facebook Fan Box:

  • Threadless is currently using the Fan Box to feature the videos and posts they make to their Facebook fans.
  • Newsweek has nicely integrated the Fan Box to encourage readers to become a fan and get news updates through Facebook.
  • Coca-Cola’s Fan Box integration encourages Coca-Cola customers to become fans on Facebook.

So don’t wait up, go and install your Facebook Fanbox widget on your website today and get more facebook fans and free exposure to your fan page.

What others are saying about Facebook Fan Page?

Facebook Releases New “Fan Box” Widget to Turn Website Visitors into Facebook Fans – Inside Facebook

Facebook Fan Box Widget Links Celeb Sites, Pages – AppScout

Facebook wants you to become a fan with the new “Fan Box” – Webbyist

Facebook Introduces The Fan Box. Take That, MySpace. – Techcrunch

Get more updates about Facebook Fan widget from Techmeme.


Facebook Username in Profile URL

facebook-logoAre you a hardcore Facebooker? Wouldn’t it be really cool if you could just give someone your facebook URL to add you as a friend, instead of them having to search for your profile by your name using the facebook search?

For instance, when someone wants to follow me in twitter, I can just easily tell them my username (a.k.a twitter handle -@saadkamal) or give them the link – http://www.twitter.com/saadkamal.

However for facebook there is no easy way to do it. But the good news is facebook recently announced that they will be launching a system soon whereby every facebook user will be able to associate an unique user name with their profile. So from then onwards, your profile can be accessd from a unique profile URL in the following format – http://www.facebook.com/username.

How to Setup Your Facebook Username

Well unfortunately you won’t be able to do it just yet! Facebook announced that starting from Saturday, June 13th, this new feature will be activated for all Facebook profiles and Fan Pages.

To claim your username (and thus your facebook profile url), all you need to do is just visit Facebook.com/username. On this page, you will be offered instructions on how to choose a URL or create your own. These new facebook profile URLs can only include numbers, letters, and periods – no hypens or underscores. Currently the page displays a countdown of this feature to go live.

Note: You cannot change your username once you have selected it, so be extra careful!

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Microsoft Live Search in Facebook

It looks like Microsoft just got lucky, as Facebook has got into a partnership with them to add Microsoft’s Live Search inside Facebook’s Friend Search.

Now Facebook users in the U.S. have the option to “Search Facebook” or “Search the Web.” In addition, Microsoft adCenter is delivering search ads alongside those results.

Microsoft Live Team has also launched a Facebook Page for their product. Check it out and become a fan (If you are a Microsoft Lover ;) )


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