Last June, Facebook allowed users to shorten the URL that directs friends to their individual site. Instead of friends or potential friends having to search for a particular user using Facebook’s search feature, they could instead be directed to go directly to a friend’s page at facebook.com/usersusername. Essentially, it is supposed to be a time and space-saver.
With more users creating “fan” pages for everything from small businesses to community clubs to classrooms, Facebook allows the same URL shortening service if your page has 25 fans or more. The process is simple.
1. While logged into the account associated with your fan page, visit facebook.com/username.
2. Select your fan page from the “Page Name” drop down menu.
3. Create a unique username and check availability.
Now you’re set to send your users to the shortened URL! This is much easier for publications and publicity, although Facebook offers several options for electronically promoting your pages.
Feel free to visit (and “like” or “fan” or whatever we’re calling it this week) my classroom’s page at www.facebook.com/mrmalany.
Also look for more information from Ryan Collins’s blog on why/how teachers should create Facebook pages.