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I have a personal profile for a business as well as a business page. I plan to delete the former, but unfortunately that's the one that has the desired username. If I delete that profile, will the username become available, or will it be lost forever?

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Yes even your Username will be free for example

www.facebook.com/username

After deleting your account any one can use that username, so you'll lose it if someone else registers it. If you want to retain it, deactivate your account rather than deleting it.

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So, I guesse I should actually delete the personal profile and set the username on the business page asap –  Zach L Oct 11 '11 at 12:47
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Also, Do you maybe have a link? I want to be certain that I can get this username for the other page, or I can try the more roundabout convert/merge operation described in my other question: webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/19732/… –  Zach L Oct 11 '11 at 12:50
    
I guess you've already got an answer to that question you mentioned in your comment and yes perhaps you should hurry up o create a new page before someone else takes the username you want. –  Random Guy Oct 12 '11 at 6:31
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