Neat-o Facebook Shiz: Custom group URLs

If there’s one thing I love, it’s giving custom URLs to things. (For the uninitiated, a URL is just the fancy-schmanzy acronym for a web address.) It just makes thing look so much more professional–and it makes giving the URL to people that much easier. It’s one of the great detractors to Google+, in my most humble opinion–you can’t have a custom URL for anything, and so you end up with a gobbledygook profile URL (like mine, for example: https://plus.google.com/109619883371098043471/ — blech).

Facebook, however, understands the awesomeness of having custom URLs, and gives you the option to have them for everything. Now, most people know that you can set custom URLs for personal profiles and pages, but did you know that you can set them for groups, too? Yes, indeedy! You can!

And doesn’t it look awesome to go from something like this:

http://www.facebook.com/groups/313832202036817

to this:

http://www.facebook.com/groups/YourGroupNameHere

Ah, yes. So pretty. Much better.

So, how do you do it? Easy-peasy. Here are the steps:

(Oh, before we begin: Make sure you’re a group admin. If you’re not, you won’t be able to do anything.)

  1. Go to the group for which you want to set a custom URL.
  2. Look at the upper right corner of the page, under the group image header. See that little sprocket (it’s between the “+ Create Group” and the little magnifying glass)? Click it.
  3. Scroll down and click “Edit Group Settings.”
  4. On the Group Settings page, go to the “Group Address” section.
  5. Click on the “Set Up Group Address” button. This will pull up a dialogue box.
  6. It will ask you to “enter a name that will become the email and web address for your group,” and will then prompt you to enter the name in a box. It will look like you’re creating an email address, which you are–but you are also creating the custom part of the custom URL for your group. Enter whatever you want your group URL to be here. PRO TIP: Keep it simple! Don’t make it super long or hard to remember. If possible, make it the same as your current group name–so, if your group name is currently Rabid Purple Frogs, then enter “RabidPurpleFrogs.” That will make it easy for you to remember–and easy for others to remember, too.
  7. Once you have decided on and entered a name, click the Set Address button.
  8. Voila! All done! Now you have a fancy custom URL for your group!

A few notes:

  1. Once you set the URL, it’s set forever. So think carefully when you set it, because you won’t be able to change it.
  2. If you’ve shared your group URL before, those links will still work. They’ll just redirect to the new URL.

Haters gonna hate, but I LOVE ME SOME SOME FACEBOOK.

Questions on how this particular neat-o Facebook shiz works? Just leave a comment!

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