AllFacebook noticed a poll asking users if they would pay for a vanity URL on the service. Some select few have already gotten vanity URLs, like AllFacebook for one (facebook.com/allfacebook – compare to your own profile URL), but it is no a feature open to the public.
What would it mean if Facebook started charging for vanity URLs? Well, first of all we’d have a rush for important keywords, like “hockey”, “books”, “games” and so on. It would basically be the hunt for great domain names all over again. And why shouldn’t Facebook move on this? Why indeed.
Thord Daniel Hedengren is a designer, writer, and blogger, and also the former editor of The Blog Herald. He used to be a hotshot in the gaming industry in Sweden, but sold everything and went International. Most recently he wrote a book called Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, and does loads of kickass design.