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  1. Facebook vanity URLs are pointless.

    jake on 2009.06.11
    at 12:07 pm

    The argument for Facebook Usernames is your friends and family will have an easier time locating me. Of course everyone else looking for their Jacob Harvey (assuming I pick and obtain that username) will have trouble. Maybe the names will be reversed, or he’ll pick Jake Harvey… Or maybe the guy will use a nickname from college that you had no idea even existed. I’m having a hard time understanding how this all makes it easier to find me. Or anyone but the handful of people who decide to login to Facebook instead of going out on a Friday night.

    Anil Dash has posted his take on The Future of Facebook Usernames. He references things like people squatting on names and runs down the reactions by the online community as a whole. My favorite “update” is a reference to people realizing that there are things much more important for searchers to locate than shirtless, party pictures of you.

    June 19, 9:00am: The Bureau of Labor Statistics will announce the unemployment numbers for May, showing a loss of 660,000 jobs, with 1/3 of them being white-collar jobs. Coincidentally, 220,000 unemployed professionals will realize to their horror that their Facebook profile now ranks above their LinkedIn profile if a prospective employer googles them, and that they have no idea how to use Facebook’s privacy settings.

    Of course I’m the type of person who blocks his profile from the greater Internet.

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    1. jake said on 2009.06.13 at 12:29 pm

      I logged on this morning and had no trouble finding every permutation of my full name. So much for the “land rush.”

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