I'm trying to claim a short URL "www.facebook.com/[URLGOESHERE]" for my FB community page. I'm doing this at https://www.facebook.com/username but when I do so it says "[URLGOESHERE] is not available". This is despite the fact there's nothing at https://www.facebook.com/[URLGOESHERE]. Help, anyone?

  • There's a possibility you entered the wrong URL.
    – user79626
    Oct 12 '14 at 13:31
  • Are you using any "special" characters, other than the usual a-z etc.?
    – MrWhite
    Oct 12 '14 at 14:30
  • @w3d: No, just letters.
    – tog22
    Oct 12 '14 at 15:42
  • @user79626 I didn't enter the wrong URL.
    – tog22
    Oct 12 '14 at 15:43
  • I seem to recall that a page needed to have a minimum number of "Likes" before you could get a vanity URL for it. I don't know if that's still true. It might also be that the vanity URL you want has been used in the past and, even though there is no page there now, Fbook won't let you recycle it.
    – ale
    Oct 12 '14 at 19:23

A possible scenario is that the username was taken at one point and then the page was deleted / username changed of the page. This makes the username unavailable for an unspecified period of time.

  • I don't think that's the case. Indeed now that I try it any username I try says 'notavailable', which wasn't the case just 2 days ago when I named another FB page. Here are some I tried (as pure made up tests), LMK if they work for you: 'allory', 'aperception', 'neuroperception', 'paigeatkinson'.
    – tog22
    Oct 13 '14 at 8:43

It turns out you need to get a minimum of 25 likes first. Another reason for this message can be that certain words (like 'facebook') are restricted, or that the username was reserved by an earlier page that's no longer up. For more, see also https://www.facebook.com/help/211337555567785

  • Like counts doesn't matter for page username. And or that the username was reserved by an earlier page that's no longer up is the same thing what @phwd has written in his answer in easy language.
    – serenesat
    Sep 1 '15 at 18:23

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