How to get a personalized FaceBook URL when they don’t offer one.
Thank You to Sascha Majcenic
There is no need to install a 3rd party application.
Facebook is not yet enabling “vanity” URL for your profiles but they “hope to make these URLs available (…) in the future.”
Until then you can do this:
1. Click on “home” then click on “profile”, you should see a URL like this in your address field:
2. Now copy that number, in this example 123456789.
3. The public URL for your Facebook page is then:
Put in your real first and last name in the above link and keep the hyphen as separator. Voila!
However, in order to be found by people who are not on Facebook yet, you would have to first make your profile publicly searchable by going to Privacy Settings -> Search.
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