Updated July 15, 2012
You can reserve a custom URL for BOTH your facebook profile and an additional custom URL for your fan page. Have you ever wondered how some people have gotten their facebook domain address to be customized? It is important for promoting the link on business cards, websites, email signatures and advertisements. Big companies have their custom URL (like http://www.facebook.com/Honda … and facebook has made it available for YOU too.
The CoachLaura and CoachLauraR are the custom usernames I selected.
25 LIKES RULE
Before you go any further with securing a username for your FAN page you MUST have 25 people who like your page. If you don’t have 25 likes, you will not be able to get your custom username for your fan page. Once you do have 25 likes, you can always come back to this page and get your username.
That being said, you can secure a username for your PROFILE at anytime.
Decide on 2 or 3 options for your profile username as well as your fan page username in case your first pick is not available.
Once you have a couple of options for your name, go to your Fan Page and select to Edit Page and Update Info.
Formerly, you would go to http://facebook.com/username <- but this URL is no longer available.
If you already have assigned a username for your PROFILE, you will see the USERNAME section on the Basic Information edit page filled in with the following: “You can now direct people to www.facebook.com/YourUserName”. This would be the custom link for you to use with your username. If you have not set your username, you can click the link to set your username and type in your preferred username and it will let you know if it’s available.
Note: You must have 25 Likes prior to trying to assign the USERNAME.
Option: If you do not yet have 25 Likes, you can obtain your long URL by going to the Account Link on the upper right corner of facebook, select Manage Pages, right click on the image and “Copy the LINK location” (in Firefox) or select Properties in IE . Then go to a link shortening site like http://bit.ly and shorten your links there.