Starting Friday, Vine users will be able to claim their own vanity URLS—if they're a verified user, that is.
The sign up will begin for verified users at 9 a.m. PST Friday morning. Vanity URLs on Vine will look something like "Vine.co/username," as you probably expected. Once verified users snatch up their usernames, everyone else will be able to claim theirs starting Monday, the 23rd. Twitter will automatically reserve verified Twitter usernames for Vine URLs, so that's one less thing to worry about if you've been taking care of on that end. But you're still going to have to register and confirm the URL to officially lock it in. Users have to do log into Vine when the day comes (either Friday or Monday), and you'll get directions for what to do next.
Here's the full statement:
Starting Monday, December 23rd, Vine users will be able to register a vanity URL for their Vine profile (e.g. vine.co/TwitterForNews). Verified Twitter accounts will be able to register profile URLs starting 9 AM PST, Friday, December 20.
Like your Twitter profile, a vanity URL offers the ability to share profile pages easily like you can with a Twitter profile (e.g.twitter.com/TwitterForNews). Vine profile URLs are optional and can only be registered by an existing Vine user.
The Vine team will automatically reserve profile URLs that mirror verified Twitter @usernames. Even though the Vine team will reserve profile usernames, you must still claim the profile URL by registering it.
If you would like a profile URL that is different from the handle of the verified Twitter account (for example, @RealSMG may want vine.co/SarahMichelle), this can be accommodated but you must register the URL, assuming the account is not already a verified account on Twitter. Once a profile URL is taken, it cannot be registered by someone else.
Twitter handles that are not verified will not be automatically reserved for Vine profile URLs. If you have an unverified URL that you would like to reserve, please send a list to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can help reserve it.
To register, visit vine.co, login with your account, you’ll then be directed to the page below, where you can register your profile URL.