Ready, set, go! On Saturday, June 13, Facebook pages with more than 1,000 fans as of May 31, 2009, will be able to create a vanity URL. What’s this mean? You can protect your brand and better identify your business page, making it easier for fans to find you. Instead of a long string of letters and numbers, your URL can reflect your company (www.facebook.com/name). Check out this Ad Age article for details, or read Facebook’s note.
This brings up the point that if you have a well known brand or your company has a common name, it’s a good idea to reserve a spot now on social networking channels like Twitter and YouTube, even if you don’t currently have a presence. You want to keep your options open for future outreach – and claim your brand name before others do.