Google has started rolling out custom URL’s for its Google plus profiles and pages. Now you can own URL’s that look intuitive and are easy to remember such as: http://plus.google.com/+EileenBrown instead of the hard to remember profile URL: https://plus.google.com/118284496967520777039
Some people have received emails about this feature, others night have noticed a black bar at the top of their Google + page inviting them to confirm their custom URL. le
You need to be eligible to get a custom URL. For personal Google+ accounts you need to have:
- 10 or more followers
- Your account is 30 days old or more
- A profile photo
If you would like to claim your own Google+ URL, here’s how to find it.
- Go to "About" tab on your Profile
- Click on the "Claim" link located under your Google+ URL.
- You’ll see the URL for which you’re approved. You may see more than one option. In this case, select the one that you like best.
- Tick the box to agree to the Terms of Service.
- Click on Change URL.
- You may be asked to verify your account by mobile phone number. A box will pop up asking you to do so.
- Check your phone for the code that was sent to you, Enter the code in the box. Click on Verify.
- Once approved, this URL will be linked to your Google+ page or Profile, so make sure that everything is exactly the way you want it.
- Once your URL has been approved, you cannot request to change it. When you’re sure, click on Confirm.
Google says that its custom URL’s are “free for now”, but it states that it “may start charging a fee for them”. Google will let you know before it starts charging for its custom URL’s to give you the choice to stop participating and go back to your old URL.
If you want a customised URL and do not want Google to be in control of your chosen name try gplus.to. This service acts as a redirection service for Google so that http://gplus.to/eileenb takes me straight to my Google + profile
Google has also stated that it “reserve(s) the right to reclaim custom URLs or remove them for any reason, and without notice”. Your amazing customised URL might be yours for less time than you think…
Eileen Brown is a social media strategist and consultant at Amastra, a columnist at ZDNet and author of Working The Crowd: Social Media Marketing for Business. Connect with Eileen on Twitter and Google+ or contact her to find out how she can elevate your brand and help your business become more social.