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When I first registered a Facebook account in 2008, I did not understand about Pages. But in a misguided attempt to "reserve" my website name, happiocracy.com, I used it as my personal user name. So I got a nice URL, www.facebook.com/happiocracy.

But I now want to use this URL for my Facebook Page that is about happiocracy.

I know that Facebook doesn't allow transfers to another account, but in this case, the transfer would be to a different Page in the same account. I was thinking of changing my personal User name but I'm afraid that it will then become unavailable even to me. I'm wondering if I can simply use my present personal page for my website and open a "new" page for myself.

But in this case I shall lose all my personal contacts. This would be a nuisance but not an insurmountable problem. But the easiest way would simply be to transfer "my" URL to a Paqe. Any bright suggestions that will not fall foul of Facebook's rules?

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From what I have read around the internet is that:

  • Facebook allows you to change your profile username once but Facebook pages are given no such chance. So change your Facebook profile username to something else. Once you are done with that, you wait for Facebook to release your username [this can be around 2-3 days to 2 weeks]. Keep checking everyday if the username is available, and once it is, snag it.

  • The second option is to contact them through this form and explain your position. Hopefully, they should get back to you with your desired username for the page.

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Thank you very much. I did not realize that they release names. I seem to remember reading somewhere that once a name has been given up, they block it from further use to prevent squatting. I also didn't know about the form. I will certainly try that. Thanks again. Much appreciated –  Tony Payne Jan 7 '12 at 15:39
    
No problem. Hope it works out for you. –  input Jan 7 '12 at 17:36
    
If I'm not missing something, you're now (beginning of 2014) able to change your name up to four times, not once. Of course -- as Tony said -- this, again, is possible only on personal profiles, not Pages. –  trejder Jan 13 at 8:22
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This is how I moved my Facebook username from my PROFILE to my PAGE http://easykey.net/blog/a-facebook-username-lesson-learnt

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