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Vanity URLs a Perfect Fit for Facebook

Policy Fugue by Kenneth Corbin (bio)

Tracking the loveless marriage of technology and government

Facebook is offering some users the chance to buy a short vanity URL for their profiles, according to AllFacebook.com.

That means that instead of a URL with a long string of user ID characters, a public profile page would simply read Facebook.com/Oprah, say, or Facebook.com/Eminem, or whatever.

This makes sense from a company still bolting together a business plan and scrounging for new sources of revenue.

Facebook has also been tinkering with other revenue sources like virtual gifts, though it's hard to think of them as little more than a novelty.

Facebook does tell us that it plans to be cash-flow positive next year, and has enjoyed five straight quarters of profitability...

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