Facebook Relents; Username Change Now Possible

When Facebook allowed users to choose their own usernames, which could be then used to produce URLs for your profile and pages associated with it that made sense (the so-called Facebook Vanity URL Landrush), they warned users to "choose carefully," as it was a one-time choice. They now appear to have backtracked slightly on that issue.

Slightly is the correct term, we think, because while you can now go into your settings and change your username, you can only do it one time. While this allows people who chose goofy names to change their username, it also (and 23 think this is the real reason behind the change) allows those who marry or otherwise change their names to make a one-time modification.

There's been no official announcement from Facebook on the matter, however. And realistically, since the land rush is long over, the number of usernames you can choose from is significantly less. Still, here's how to do it:
  • Click on "Settings" at the top-right corner of your Facebook home page.
  • In the drop-down menu, click "Account Settings."
  • Next to "Username," click on "Change" to type in a new username
  • Confirm