So the goldrush is almost over and most of you may have secured your own vanity URLs on Facebook by now.
I first tried facebook.com/amit but it threw up an error saying that the minimum length of usernames is 5 characters. So the new URLs of my Facebook pages are:
The similarity between Gmail & Facebook usernames
The period (".") in your Facebook username is actually meaningless because you can place it anywhere in the URL or even remove it from the username and your Facebook Vanity URL will still work.
Gmail too cannot recognize dots or periods in email addresses so an an address like email@example.com is the same as firstname.lastname@example.org or paris…email@example.com.
And here’s a quick screencast video (link) that captures my failed attempt at securing a short URL on Facebook.
Hat tip Ankur (via FB).