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Facebook is letting users customize their profile URLs starting this weekend. Vanity web addresses will be dispensed on a first-come-first-served basis, replacing the random string of digits used by the social networking site now. Starting Saturday, June 13 at 12:01 a.m. EDT (4:01 a.m. GMT), Facebook users may procure a custom …

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  1. Steven

    Missed a trick???

    I'm sure Facesuck could have charged £1 or so for this, they might actually have made some money for a change. Not that I would have paid (dont use it anyway) but im sure lots of morons, I mean users would.

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    I'd rather...

    .. register my own domain. At least then I have control over my web presence.

  3. Robert Grant Silver badge

    @Steven

    That's got to be the world's worst signal to noise ratio in a comment.

  4. Matt Smart
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    Hmm

    Have to say I'm quite surprised they didn't charge for this. Seems rather a good idea.

  5. Camilla Smythe

    Copy Cats

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/09/register_comments_handling/

    Still at least Steven could have become 'Steve_ is_ Brill' rather than Steven003.

  6. Rod MacLean

    @Dee Sobek

    What - code an entire social networking site yourself? Good luck!

  7. Michael
    Stop

    Shouldnt they..

    ... Charge for it???

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @Steven @Michael I agree they should have charged

    I agree with you guys they certainly have missed a trick. Perhaps the free offer is for a limited period? Perhaps they feel that people wouldn't cough up initially but will once they can't be without the "vanity" as the article says.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    @Rod MacLean

    *doh* course not. I'd rather set up www.deesobek.com and list my presence in facebook, twitter and all other places I can be found. Rather than rely on facebook as my main online presence or have it compete with my own domain when my name is googled.

    Paris - cos she'd have understood..

  10. gav_taylor

    saw this coming

    am surprised this hasn't happened sooner, pretty much all social networks already offer this

    they could have made a lot of money charging users to have a personalised homepage, thier marketing guys will be kicking themselves now... lol

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