Having come back from a few days out of the office I missed some of the key tech headlines.
Never seems to fail. I used to try to keep up on vacation, but as so many of you readers reminded me, why take off if you're not going to at least make an effort to leave it all behind.
So what I missed in my mental absence was the discussion around Facebook Usernames, and the coming Oklahoma land rush for folks to gobble up their vanity Facebook URL.
First off, I've already got an identity on Facebook. It's called "Todd Watson."
There's 161 of us, and in spite of not having had a vanity Facebook URL up until now, everybody has found me just fine.
In fact, people whom I had hoped to have never heard from again have found me.
Now Facebook wants me to reserve a vanity URL so even more people from my past with whom I now have no common cause can track me down and remind me what a doofus I was in fourth grade?
But it gets better.
The new Facebook vanity URLs will be available starting at 12:01 A.M. Eastern time on Saturday, June 13th.
What is this, Ticketmaster in 1984 and I'm waiting for Van Halen tickets to go on sale so I have to show up and wait in line all night just to get a lottery number to wait and see if I actually get my tickets??
Hmm, let's see...my plans for this Friday night...yeah, finish work...head to the local brew pub and have a few pints of Guinness....come home and catch "Real Time With Bill Maher"....and, oh yeah, hang out until 11 PM CST so I can claim my Facebook vanity URL!
That is some serious living on the edge.
Count me ancient, but I kind of liked the randomly assigned number that has been my primary identifier on Facebook to date.
It's the closest thing to a prison ID as I'm ever to likely come.
Maybe I should get a picture of me in a zebra jumpsuit with my Facebook number firmly emblazoned across the name plate: "Facebook Correctional Facility"
Twenty years hard time for impersonating an IBM digital marketing dude.
Oh, for the record, my Facebook ID number is 665301006.
Try remembering that one next time you're in line at the deli or Baskin Robbins.
I don't know if there's any significance to the number.
I'm not sure if I'll ever actually be able to remember it.
But the fact of the matter is, it's mine and I don't have to compete with anybody else for it, including the other 160 Todd Watsons on Facebook.
The fact that neither you nor I can ever remember such a number simply continues to foster the notion, at least for me, that I can retain some semblance of random anonymity in this overly-connected world.
So, if, in the future, anybody asks me whether or not I'm on Facebook, I'm going to explain politely that yes, in fact, I am.
But that if you wish to be my friend, know that there are 160 other Todd Watsons on Facebook and growing, and to please...take a number.Read More]