Facebook to get "vanity usernames"

by Claire 11/06/2009 10:20
News in: Facebook's going to be offering its 200 million the ability to replace a string of numbers with a username.  On 12:01 a.m. EDT on Saturday, June 13 (5am on 13 June GMT for us in the UK) the floodgates will open like Selfridges on boxing day with hungry facebook customers jostling for their favourite 'pinkkittygirl' username - or more seriously, the many people that rely on a brand identity (with sites such as twitter, flickr, google, myspace, and domain names) and will hope to continue this through facebook.

One problem though: with over 10% of the world on facebook won't the usernames eventually become as long and as complex as the mass of numbers we started out life with?

More seriously, facebook have issued a warning:
 
"Think carefully about the username you choose. Once it's been selected, you won't be able to change or transfer it. If you signed up for a Facebook Page after May 31 or a user profile after today at 3 p.m. EDT, you may not be able to sign up for a username immediately because of steps we've taken to prevent abuse or "squatting" on names," they say.
 
So what about brands and celebrities that are too slow for this bandwagon? With Twitter busy this week creating 'verified accounts' for its users this week following a string of complaints from celebs about fake accounts, will Facebook come up with a response to this?


Maybe we shouldn't take ourselves so seriously all the time..
 
 

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Twitter: addictive for some...

by Claire 09/06/2009 04:49

Twitter: addictive for some, egotistical yuppie nonsense for others.. and now research to prove  it!

According to new research, 10 percent of users are making a massive 90 percent of tweets.  Harvard looked at 300,000 users and found that 40 percent of users stopped making posts after their first day.  With sites like @bbcnews or @guardiantech you can use Twitter as a 140 character e-reader to get your daily dose of news.

Not just this though, with research finding that not everyone's engaging in the phenomenon; two-thirds of people follow fewer than ten people and 25 per cent of people don't follow anyone. They also found that twitter users are more likely to follow men and not women, unlike other social networking sites.

 

According to this technical diagram courtesy of Despair.com, Twitter is the sole social networking site to attract Narcissisistic, Stalking, and ADHD personas.

So for big names such as @Wossy (and a personal favourite @CharltonBrooker) it might be a great way to tell us about socks, the weather and hot pants. Meanwhile for the majority, we either stop tweeting or get addicted.  It does seem that once you're hooked through, the somewhat irrelevant nonsense of your day becomes important news.  

Now, off to a certain website to tell you all about this lovely blog post I've just written...

 

via: readwriteweb.com and news.bbc.co.uk

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