Starting from June 13, Facebook will begin allowing its users to identify themselves through a username in addition to their real names on their profile pages.
The idea, quoted in media reports Wednesday, is to enable people to find their friends faster by being able to type a username as part of the URL.
At that time, users will be able to choose a username on a first-come, first-served basis for their profiles and the Facebook Pages they administer by visiting this Facebook page. Users also will receive a notice on their home page with instructions for obtaining a username.
Facebook designer Blaise DiPersia wrote the idea on June 9 in a message to all Facebook users.
"When your friends, family members or co-workers visit your profile or Pages on Facebook, they will be able to enter your username as part of the URL in their browser," DiPersia wrote. "This way people will have an easy-to-remember way to find you."