The 9 Facebook employees with the shortest vanity URLs
Facebook’s username feature allows you to create a unique vanity URL for your page — for example mine is Facebook.com/ericathas. You can also customize this for Facebook pages.
The minimum length for your username is five characters, eliminating the possibility for anyone to have a really unique and super-simple vanity URL such as Facebook dot com slash E. That is, anyone except for some lucky Facebook employees.
Here are the nine. One of these is a former employee and not all of these are usernames (some are just vanity URLs that redirect to their usernames).
I started using Instagram on Dec. 2, 2010 (I found that using the handy site Statigr.am), and it’s become one of my favorite social tools.
I’m not a professional photographer by any standards. But the iPhone 4’s kick-ass camera and Instagram’s filters produced some nice photos over the past year. I snapped more than 200 Instagram images in 2011.
Here are the 10 I liked the most:
What: A silhouette of New York, taken from Central Park.
When: May 7
Why: It’s my only N.Y. photo in this group. I love how the buildings reflect off the ink-black water.
What: Giant icicles in Weston, Mass.
When: Feb. 5.
Why: These are some bad-ass icicles. This was after one of the many huge snowstorms Massachusetts was hit with this year. I had traveled up from D.C. the day before and barely made it in.
What: Augie going after Mia’s tail.
When: Sept. 5
Why: Why not?
What: Fire at a hibachi grill in Dedham, Mass.
When: Oct. 1
Why: It’s the only photo I Instagrammed in 2011 that features fire.
What: A pond in Weston, Mass.
When: Oct. 10
Why: This defines the perfect New England fall scene.
What: My cat McGee, peering out from behind a curtain.
When: Nov. 13
Why: Look at those eyes!
What: Me outside The Washington Post.
When: July 22
Why: At this exact time, the heat index in D.C. was 119 degrees. I walked outside and thought, how can I capture this for Instagram? I think I did just that. The way the hot sunlight bursts from the corner of the picture illustrates heat perfectly.
What: Mia (my sister’s dog) emerging from a pile of blankets.
When: July 9
Why: I snapped this photo just as Mia crawled out from under the covers. The timing was great because you can see a distinct mix of emotions on Mia’s face — surprise, curiosity and a little silliness.
What: The Washington Monument in D.C.
When: Aug. 29
Why: This was a close second. I switched jobs this year, moving from D.C. to Boston. Two days before moving to Boston, I took a walk with a friend on the National Mall. When we walked across the middle of the Mall, we saw this stunning image and I had to Instagram it. It looks like the Washington Monument is literally crashing into the sky. It was a great way to see Washington one last time as a resident.
And the winner…
What: A row of grapevines at Newport Winery and Vineyards in Newport, R.I.
When: Oct. 15
Why: My fiance and I visited this place for a tour and wine tasting. It was a beautiful day and the second I saw the vineyards, I knew I had to get a photo looking down one row. I love images that look like they never end. And the Early Bird Instagram filter was perfect for this photo.