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Did You Get Your Facebook Vanity URL? What is it?


The Facebook Name Rush

You probably should register it now as the rush continues.

The process was actually painless as the page counted down to 12:01 est.. Suggested names appear with a field to enter your own version, and then checks to make sure it’s available. It’s being reported that 200,000 vanity names were registered within the first three minutes, so you had probably hop to it, and let us know what you got!

Good luck!

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Benn Rosales is the Founder and CEO of The American Genius (AG), national news network. Before AG, he founded one of the first digital media strategy firms in the nation has received the Statesman Texas Social Media Award and is an Inman Innovator Award winner. He has consulted for numerous startups (both early- and late-stage), and is well known for organizing the digital community through popular offline events. He does not venture into the spotlight often, rather he believes his biggest accomplishments are the talent he recruits and develops, so he gives all credit to those he's empowered.



  1. Erion Shehaj

    June 12, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    I did!

  2. Mariana

    June 12, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    I got … who da thunk?

  3. Lani Rosales

    June 12, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    heck yeah! because (a) my name is only four characters (too short for FB registration requirements) and (b) to stay consistent with my twitter username.

  4. NYPierre

    June 12, 2009 at 11:49 pm same at!

  5. Kim

    June 12, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Woo Hoo – Got mine! – was a little concerned it would be taken before I got to it – pretty common name. But, I was ready and got it!

  6. Ryan Hukill

    June 12, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    In the name of consistency across all networks, I went with my standard

  7. Abel C. Ruiz

    June 12, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    500k vanity URLs registered in 15 minutes. Mine is

  8. Cheryl Allin

    June 12, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Yes! I can be found at – Hurry, grab yours quickly as some Twitterati and more well known names are getting snatched up quickly.

  9. Roberta Murphy

    June 12, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    14 minutes might have made a difference–but was at dinner with clients.

    Did not get my simple name, so settled on

    Was hoping to keep everything consistent across social networking platforms. But 200+ million users makes that tough!

    Congrats on the HoustonRealEstate win–and to Mizzle and Lani, whose names I would recognize anywhere.

  10. CWaterhouse

    June 12, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Yes! I got mine… it’s
    (I know I’m surprised it was available)

  11. Paul Terry Walhus

    June 12, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Since I live in Austin, Texas I decided on

  12. Kristin Farwell

    June 12, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Yup! (to be consistent w/ my other social networks – Twitter, Flickr, LinkedIn,, etc.).

  13. Justin Razmus

    June 12, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    I registered

    I read on the facebook terms that they would not let you use a “generic” name like “real estate”, but have already seen many of these types of names registered. I wish I would have tried out a few of my preferred nicknames first!

  14. Jennifer Wilson - Agent Solutions

    June 13, 2009 at 12:00 am

    The thing about having a popular first and last name is its hard to the usernames I want. My first choice would have been my first and last name but I’m happy with the one I ended up with.

  15. Kay Bell

    June 13, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Got mine!

  16. Jason Sandquist

    June 13, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Let’s do this

  17. Gina Kay Landis

    June 13, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Yes – I snagged Thought about just using ginakay, but…. well…. didn’t…!

  18. Ilene Haddad

    June 13, 2009 at 12:13 am

    I am the Queenie.

  19. Joe Zekas

    June 13, 2009 at 12:50 am

  20. Dan Connolly

    June 13, 2009 at 12:50 am

    well my name was taken so I registered atlantarealtor

  21. Joseph Kitchens

    June 13, 2009 at 2:40 am

    I scored the name “Joseph”.

    I set my alarm on my cell phone to remind me registration was near. I was watching the clock count down. When it reached 30 seconds until registration time, I hit the refresh button because sometimes pages will change before the automatic refresh. So about 25 seconds before the clock finished counting for everyone, I was already at the registration page. It gave me four options and ‘Joseph’ was the fourth. I clicked it and it gave me a confirmation… and all this happened before the actual countdown ended. I guess I got lucky.

    Joseph Kitchens
    Hutto, Texas

  22. Carson Coots

    June 13, 2009 at 3:06 am

    Paul – Nice snag.

    I went traditional:

  23. Fran Wohnsigl

    June 13, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Stuck with my horse theme:

  24. Missy Caulk

    June 13, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Big shocker, huh?

  25. Kari Battaglia

    June 13, 2009 at 8:25 am

    I got it too,

  26. Jason Sandquist

    June 13, 2009 at 9:50 am

    is there any SEO value in play here with ?

  27. Benn Rosales

    June 13, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Jason, it’s a good question, and I can’t wait to see the Google/Facebook handling of that organic result.

  28. Andrea Schulle

    June 13, 2009 at 10:04 am (just like twitter…gotta have consistency!)

  29. Jennifer L. Wojcik

    June 13, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    all the other Jen Wojcik’s are gonna be mad 😉

    Guess they just can’t hang…

  30. Duke long

    June 13, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    As if I need to add to my vanity.

  31. Benn Rosales

    June 13, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    lol Jen they’ll get over it 😉

  32. Steve Trang

    June 13, 2009 at 1:20 pm Decided against doing temperealtor or temperealestate.

  33. Michelle DeRepentigny

    June 13, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    I could have gotten my whole name, but it is way too long so I went with

  34. Paul Mausteller

    June 13, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    If your going to do it, go big time: NHrealestate, New Hampshire was already taken.
    From a consumer stand point so your found via SEO algorithms, your name won’t work, its the product your selling or marketing.
    Think outside the box, think like any other web surfer. What would I put in google search?

    Just my 2 cents.


  35. Brandie Young

    June 13, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Hi Ben – I went crazy with mine … (LaniAR was already taken by the time I registered… grrr)

  36. Joe Loomer

    June 14, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Got my keyword

    “KingoftheWorld” was taken, dangit!

    Navy Chief, Navy Pride

  37. Jeff Weir

    June 14, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Went with the obvious

    Considered getting /touthetriad but decided that I could just as easily do that in the future with a fan page.

    ~ jeff

  38. Dean Ouellette

    June 15, 2009 at 1:02 am

    I got /deanouellette…. I will tell you what, with such a popular name it wasnt easy… First time in a long time that I was glad my name wasnt something easy like… Jay Thompson

  39. Dan Hamilton

    June 15, 2009 at 9:49 am to match

  40. Benn Rosales

    June 15, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Hi there world!

  41. Rob "Peanut" Janson

    June 15, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Sure did

  42. Lisa Sanderson

    June 15, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    I had to settle for LSanderson 🙁

  43. Ken Brand

    June 15, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Woot! Hug it out friends.


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