Did you get your vanity URL on Facebook? If you didn’t, you may still be able to get the one you want. It’s at least worth a try. But before we discuss how to do that, let’s talk about what a vanity URL is and why you might want one.
If you use the Internet, you use URLs all the time. The URL (short for Uniform Resource Locator) is the global address for documents and resources on the World Wide Web. For example, www.google.com is the URL for the Google website.
The URL for LinkedIn’s homepage is www.linkedin.com and LinkedIn automatically assigns a unique URL to each user’s profile. The URL it assigns, however, is full of random characters and is difficult to remember and not so appealing on a business card. Here’s an example of a URL that was automatically assigned to one agent’s profile.
But who’s going to type all that in when they want to see the agent’s online résumé on LinkedIn? So LinkedIn gives users the option of changing their URL to something like:
How to Get Your URL
To get your vanity URL in LinkedIn (assuming you already have a profile on LinkedIn):
- Log on to LinkedIn
- Click on “Accounts & Settings”near the top of the screen
- Scroll down to “Public Profile” and click
- Choose one of the suggestions offered by LinkedIn or create one of your own (Your custom-created URL must be 5-30 characters—letters and numbers but no spaces, symbols, or special characters.)
- Click the “Set Address” button to save your selection
To get your vanity URL in Facebook (assuming you already have an account)
- Navigate to www.facebook.com/username
- Select the username Facebook recommends or create one of your own (click “Check Availability” to see if the one you want is available).
- Click “Confirm” to save your selection
Now that you have your vanity URL, add it to your business card, your e-mail signature, and anywhere else you show your contact information so friends and clients will be able to find your profiles easily.