Facebook is Jackin’ for Vanity URLs

TechCrunch has an interesting story about how Facebook is revoking vanity URLs for violating Facebook’s policies and then giving them to companies.

This isn’t your typical namesquatting case because the person’s vanity URL was /harman and the alleged namequatter’s name is Harman. But Facebook still sent Harman a message notifying him that his vanity url did not have a “clear connection” to his identity. Uh, ok.

The /harman vanity URL was then given to Harman International, which tried to negotiate a transfer of the vanity URL only a few days earlier. Basically, someone at Harman International “friended” Harman on Facebook and then began the “negotiations.”

I also find this story interesting because one of my unresolved tweaks to this blog is to get my Facebook page to iframe via the explore drop-down. For some reason, my Facebook vanity url /startuplawyer brings up a “page not found” Facebook message:

I’ve tried multiple “support” requests from Facebook without answer. I would rather have a vanity URL of some derivate of my own name, but my name is pretty common so I lost out on the Facebook vanity URL grab.

If I don’t resolve the /startuplawyer issue on Facebook, I’ll probably just create a fan page for this blog and use that as my Facebook iframe on this site.

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6 thoughts on “Facebook is Jackin’ for Vanity URLs

  1. I can see your /startuplawyer facebook page fine.

  2. I can see your /startuplawyer facebook page fine.

  3. Ryan,

    Interesting issue. Could you tell me a little bit more about the fact pattern? Is Facebook acting as the Registrar or a reseller? Did the domain name in question go through the dispute resolution process?

    I was the attorney that handled the Domains product at Yahoo! for about 5 years, and although I haven't done any work in this area since I left Yahoo! 2+ years ago, I'm currently litigating a trademark case with a colleague that is on the ICANN board. I'd like to run this by him.

    Love your blog!

    Mike

  4. Ryan,

    Interesting issue. Could you tell me a little bit more about the fact pattern? Is Facebook acting as the Registrar or a reseller? Did the domain name in question go through the dispute resolution process?

    I was the attorney that handled the Domains product at Yahoo! for about 5 years, and although I haven't done any work in this area since I left Yahoo! 2+ years ago, I'm currently litigating a trademark case with a colleague that is on the ICANN board. I'd like to run this by him.

    Love your blog!

    Mike

  5. Oops. Okay-not a domain name. Guess I should actually drink the Sunday morning coffee before I post something……..

  6. Oops. Okay-not a domain name. Guess I should actually drink the Sunday morning coffee before I post something……..

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