Just in case you aren’t one of the 225 million Facebook users who received a notification, tonight at 12:01 AM EST (9:01 PM local time), Facebook decided to launch a massive “first-come, first serve” claim on usernames (or handles) on Facebook.
You might be wondering why this is big deal, since these have existed on every other site for years.
Well, the reason is because this is Facebook, and ironically because they waiting this long to launch handles, it’s now moved from part of the new-user experience to a huge virtual geek battle for your name. (if you want yours, go to http://www.facebook.com/username)
I, of course, claimed “adamnash”.
Not very creative, I know. When I chose my first username, freshman year at Stanford, I picked a nickname I had in high school. (To this day, the wonders of the web have preserved old Usenet posting from under than handle… embarrassing.) Thankfully, when you declare Computer Science as your major at Stanford, you get a virtual second chance – your Xenon address.
With a full name that fits in an old-style unix handle of 8 characters, it seemed too obvious.
I am adamnash.
These days, of course, you can find me at:
- http://www.adamnash.com (my domain)
- http://blog.adamnash.com (WordPress)
- http://www.linkedin.com/in/adamnash (LinkedIn)
- http://www.twitter.com/adamnash (Twitter)
- http://www.google.com/profiles/adamnash (Google)
- http://myworld.ebay.com/adamnash (eBay)
Brilliant from an SEO perspective, I guess. Not that hot if I was looking for anonymity.
Now, I can safely say, Facebook is safe for “adamnash” as well:
- http://www.facebook.com/adamnash (Facebook)
I feel a little guilty for hogging all the virtual cyberspace for myself. There are other Adam Nashes out there. I think there are over 30 on LinkedIn alone.
But not that guilty. I’ve been “adamnash” since 1992. I’m not going to stop now.