PAL ALTO, CA (Hypebot) – Facebook launched free custom URL's as promised at 12:0 AM on Saturday and for those who use a standard profile page grabbing an easier to find and remember url like facebook.com/bruce.houghton went off without a hitch. But some artists, labels and other brands that use Facebook "pages" rather than profiles ran into a brick wall.
Hypebot reader and metal blogger Daily Grind altered us to the problem on Saturday. Artists, labels, bloggers and other brands who had pages with fewer than 1000 Facebook friends were being blocked from registering custom URL's. But Hypebot has leaned that the restriction for smaller bands and brands will be lifted on June 28th.
You could work harder to get your friend count over 1000 or mark your calendars for 6/28 (and we'll try to remind you), because that's when another land grab for Facebook url's begins.
If you think your name (or other content) has been infringed upon, you can also file a complaint with Facebook called a " Notice of Intellectual Property Infringement (Non-Copyright Claim)". It can be found and filled out here.
Hopefully, Facebook will learn to be more specific and transparent with its policies in the future.