Saturday, June 13, 2009

New Facebook URLs

SUMMARY: It all gets more complicated and easier at the same time.

Now that facebook allows usernames (for use only in your facebook URL), I made my decision and people who are not on facebook can now find me easily at I think. Let me know if you don't see my profile page come up. But there's an additional web site ( that allows a facebook user to create an *additional* one that links to the same facebook page, and so I've used TajMutthall for this one. Huzzah. Should go to exactly the same profile page.

Let me know if you try 'em and they don't work.

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At 5:19 PM, June 13, 2009 , Blogger steph said...

I tried them both today and they're good!

At 6:04 PM, June 13, 2009 , Blogger Elf said...

Thanks. Were you currently logged in as a facebook user? I'm curious (not yellow) what happens when a nonfacebook person tries it.

At 6:58 PM, June 13, 2009 , Blogger steph said...

I just had Jeff (not a FB person) try going to and it re-directed to and offered him the opportunity to sign up, showed a bunch of your friends, fan pages, etc, but NOT your personal data or updates.

At 9:03 PM, June 13, 2009 , Blogger Elf said...

Thanks Steph & Jeff. I changed some of my privacy settings; have him try again. (I can see what it looks like if a FB user reads it but they don't give me a way to see it if a nonFB person goes there!) Didn't turn on all my personal info, but some things.

At 11:32 AM, June 14, 2009 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was intrigued by the cluster map. Who were all those people scattered all over the world?

At 11:45 AM, June 14, 2009 , Blogger steph said...

I'll have Jeff try again this evening.

At 1:41 PM, June 14, 2009 , Blogger Elf said...

Steph: Thanks.

Anon: Isn't that the coolest thing? Would love to know who they all are and how they got to my site, but it's fun just knowing that so many people in so many diverse places are so easily connected to be able to share interests.

At 1:45 PM, June 14, 2009 , Blogger Elf said...

Oh--and it's really easy to install it on your site, in case you didn't already click the map and read the info. And free. And I've got it set up to clear the dots and start over every month, or it turns into one big red glob! I haven't checked recently to be sure that it's still basically empty at the beginning of each month, but I think so. Such a fun, free, harmless widget!

At 5:14 PM, June 15, 2009 , Blogger steph said...

I have Jeff looking at it again and:
It shows some of your friends and things you are a fan of (including Algis Budrys whose name Jeff recognizes and got all excited about), but that's about it. (Of course, it offers him ample enticements and opportunities to join FB. :-)

At 5:47 PM, June 15, 2009 , Blogger Elf said...

OK, that's probably doing what I expected. I turned off "personal info" (movies I like and all that) except for FB friends "and network". The friends he can see must be friends whose privacy settings allow them to be seen by the public, which means that FB privacy is doing a pretty good job through multiple layers. Thanks, Steph and Jeff!


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