Facebook, like MySpace, lets users show full name

Jun 10, 2009

(AP) -- Facebook is further embracing the real name culture it touts as one of its founding principles - and catching up with rival MySpace in the process.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Saturday, the popular online hangout's millions of users will be able to claim a name to use as part of their profile page's Web address - as in http://facebook.com/janedoe . Currently Facebook assigns each profile a string of numerals.

Fan pages for businesses, brands and celebrities will be able to adopt such names, too.

Facebook says people will be able to choose the names on a first-come, first-served basis.

In doing this, is playing catch-up with News Corp.-owned , which has let its users pick their own monikers since its 2004 launch.

©2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Explore further: Say Ello to the new privacy debate on social media

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

MySpace's new CEO promises innovation

May 28, 2009

(AP) -- The new leaders of News Corp.'s MySpace said Wednesday they need to innovate to rejuvenate the social networking site, which has suffered from stalled user growth.

Evite rival Socializr launches events aggregator

Apr 15, 2009

(AP) -- Socializr, the online invitations startup from Friendster founder Jonathan Abrams, now helps users manage their events from sites like Facebook, MySpace, Evite and Meetup.

News Corp. hires more MySpace executives

Apr 27, 2009

(AP) -- News Corp. has hired two new executives at MySpace, expanding the online hangout's management team after having just replaced its CEO on Friday.

Recommended for you

Say Ello to the new privacy debate on social media

Sep 29, 2014

Ello is new social networking space on the web that is receiving a lot of attention of late – so much that it's caused a few problems with the website out of action from time to time. ...

Post-Snowden, iPhone 6 encryption fans safety debate

Sep 28, 2014

Encryption technology in the iPhone 6 has taken root in a scales-of-justice debate between privacy supporters and public safety officials. Apple is using a more advanced encryption technology.

User comments : 0