Facebook User Name Rush Begins This Weekend

facebooknames Facebook is going to start letting users identify their web pages with URLs like www.facebook.com/username/— but that means an unseemly rush for common names when the feature gets enabled this weekend.

A post on the Facebook blog says that the option will become available at 1201am EDT Saturday, which translates to 2pm Saturday on the Australian East Coast. It's a first-come first-served system, so the John Smiths and Jenny Joneses of the world are going to need to think of some alternatives. Hit the post for details on what the restrictions are and how Facebook plans to stop name-squatting; that's all well and good, but I suspect Facebook itself is going to be nigh-unusable for a few hours while it happens. (Updated to insert correct time, which I mis-transcribed earlier.)

Coming Soon: Facebook Usernames [Facebook Blog]


    I think that's 2:01pm Sydney time - the blog post at http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=90316352130 says "Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Saturday, June 13" which would line up with 2pm Saturday here.

    So better for us, and midnight start for those in USA.

    FTA: "Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Saturday, June 13" - which I make to be 12:01 WA and 14:01 Eastern.

    Wow, thats cool. But worth staying up late for?

    I can only imagine the drunken aliases Aussies will come up with @ 4AM after a big night out...

    Actually, the website was compensating for your local time to show you the correct time you should be on the site. Which is 14:01 on Saturday, 13th.

    The Facebook blog says it's "Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Saturday, June 13".

    Translated to AEST, that's "Starting on 13 June, at 14:01"

    So not a late night, a very easy time to get to your computer :)

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