How many of you have gone to register a username for your Facebook page only to find out its unavailable. You try to visit the Facebook page that so rudely ‘stole’ your username, but you find out that the page could not be found. What? The username is taken, but the page no longer exists? What can you do?
The Facebook page was obviously deleted. Unfortunately, Facebook does not release usernames for pages, even after they’ve been deleted. They claim it is for security reasons.
My Facebook Page Mistake
When I first setup our Facebook page, I had read that it was a good idea to include some keywords in the page name because the pages could be indexed by Google. So I added some keywords into the page name, in addition to the name of the college I work at. It wasn’t very long before I realized I messed up and that the page name should have just been the institution’s name. Before I realized the mistake, I had secured the institution name as the Facebook username for the page.
I had a problem. I couldn’t keep the page with it’s long name, but if I deleted it, I would lose the username. I decided to delete the page and start fresh, there hadn’t been many fans yet. The new page really took off and our fans increased dramatically. But I still didn’t have the username I wanted for the page. I waited for a number of months, until recently I discovered how to get it back.
How I Got Back My Facebook Username
I spent some time looking through the Help sections on Facebook and came across a helpful FAQ. It spoke to the fact of reporting infringing usernames based on legal rights of a public figure, brand or business. I had found my answer. There is a form to complete to report the infringing username. I knew I had created the last page, and that the college I work at has the rights to the username. Facebook agreed, and I had the username assigned to the new Facebook page.
What Does it Mean for You?
Obviously if the page doesn’t exist, I imagine that it is an easier process. But even if the username you want is being used by another page, if you own the legal trademark for the name, you might be able to get it – it will be up to Facebook.
It is possible to get a lost username back on Facebook. You just have to have clear and legal justification.
If you have any questions or want to know more details about how I got the username back, send me a message.