Each of you has a unique and creative style on Polyvore that others admire through your profile page. However, our current profile pages have URLs like http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/profile?id=1234567890 that are long and hard to remember. To make it easier to share your Polyvore profile with friends, we will be introducing personal domains like mychanel.polyvore.com or rachel.polyvore.com, similar to sites like Tumblr, Blogger, and Facebook.
Starting on July 20th, we’ll need everyone on Polyvore to select a unique user name that can be used for your personal domain. It must be 4-32 characters long. Since URLs can only contain the letters A-Z, the numbers 0-9, and dashes, you’ll need to choose your name accordingly.
We’ll be asking everyone for a top choice and 2 backups. If two people pick the same name, preference will be given to the more senior member. You’ll have 2 weeks to make your choices, and then all names will be assigned on August 3rd.
If you don’t select a name within the 2 weeks, we’ll create one for you that’s close to your existing name. Everyone can change their name once.
Also, because each of you will have a unique name, we’ll now be able to support user tagging and @mentions! With this functionality, you can mention your Polyvore friends by tagging them in set descriptions, set comments, and Style Advice. Anytime you’re mentioned, you’ll receive a notification in your activity stream.
We know that some Polyvore members like to add status messages to their user names, such as “Rachel - Busy”. Can we get a show of hands of who wants proper status messages, and who thinks it’s not important? Please leave a comment, and let us know what status messages you most commonly use.
We’re really excited about this change! Stay tuned for more details starting July 20th.
The Polyvore Team