The most important thing you need to do on Facebook this weekend

Sensible Facebook web addresses are coming – but on a first come, first served basis. So you may have to move quickly to ensure you don’t miss out. Especially if you are John or Jane Smith.

At the moment, your Facebook profile’s web address will be something like http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=597270025, though the public version of it (findable via search engines) may be of a slightly different form, such as https://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Pack/597270025.

Either way, the address is a pain as it includes a random set of 9 digits. That’s not friendly to say, remember or type.

But Facebook is letting people pick custom web addresses so that in future a profile address can be of the form https://www.facebook.com/william.gladstone. Much better – if you get there in time.

Registration is available at www.facebook.com/username/ from 12:01am EDT, Saturday 13th June, which I make to be 5:01am, Saturday 13th June for us. A joyous early start to the weekend if you’re keen. Or John or Jane Smith.

Seriously though – it will be well worth getting a good URL soon, as it will make future publicity easier and more convenient.

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