Facebook single-handedly created a wave of cultural phenomenon by releasing vanity URL at 9:00pm last night. Enthusiasts and geek-alike wait patiently and faithfully forgoing their Friday night rituals glued to their computer waiting for the countdown. I have to admit, I was nervous and I had no strategies for picking a username. It was going to be whatever was left over. My palms were sweating and my head was already going over the alternatives that I could pick if Minna was taken.
Clock strikes 9:00 pm, I clumsily and nervously put in Minna to see if it’s available. IT IS!!! SET USERNAME! Done done and done. I am officially the only www.facebook.com/minna on Facebook. According to Bloomberg.com, Facebook members registered new user names at a rate of more than 550 a second after the company offered people the chance to claim a personalized Web address. According to Larry Yu, a spokesman for Palo Alto, California-based Facebook 345,000 people had claimed user names within the first seven minutes and after 15 minutes, 500,000 users had grabbed a name.
It was an exciting event, it was very much like waiting to see if your name is announced for a very important award. I don’t remember being this excited even for my university graduation. Geeks around the world were gathered at one URL at 9:00 pm Pacific time to grab their own Facebook vanity name, I was part of this geek history. Highlight of my week