Getting a user-friendly Web address on Google Plus

Getting a user-friendly Web address on Google Plus

Summary: You may already have a unique, user-friendly Google+ Web site, without needing to do anything. Here's how it works.

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I've had several friends tell me about how wonderful it was to get a Google Plus (G+) Web address via the Gplus.to Web site. With it, I could, for example, have http:/gplus/to/sjvn instead of https://plus.google.com/113169713749496726739 (Try saying that three times fast!). That sound good, but I have several problems with it, and besides, you probably already have a human-friendly G+ Web address.

First, the good news: Your Google Profile, https://profiles.google.com/username, already has your Gmail name on it, and if you use that as your Web address, you'll find it takes visitors straight to your G+ stream page. So, for example, https://profiles.google.com/sjvn01, will bring you right to my G+ page. No fuss, no muss, and no need to do anything.

As for the Turkish profile address shortening service Gplus, it does work, but it has no connection with Google. Since it's really just another Uniform Resource Locator (URL) shortening system, like those of ShortURL or TinyURL, it should keep working even if Google changed things around on their end. But, as Ed Bott pointed out a while back, "With short URLs, you lose … data points. My original very long URL gives me all sorts of clues that allow me to set my expectations with confidence. I know it's at a domain I trust, zdnet.com, and I can even divine the title of the article. The shortened URL tells me nothing. The consequences of following a bad link can be unfortunate."

You can say that again. I'm not saying that the good people behind Gplus have anything like that in mind, but you do need to be careful with any URL shortening service.

It also concerns me that Gplus seems to be a small site. If they site were to get popular, could it handle the load? Could the site be vulnerable to a cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks? Domain Name System (DNS) attacks?

So, thanks for trying to help people out Gplus. As far as I can tell you put this site up with the best intentions in the world. But, when all is said and done, I'll just use recommend to my friends that they just go ahead and use their Google Profile addresses as the shorthand way of leading people to their G+ pages.

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  • TO is Tonga, not Turkey

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Country_code_top-level_domain
    WebSiteManager
    • RE: Getting a user-friendly Web address on Google Plus

      @WebSiteManager Natrohost.com which owns the gplus.to domain itself is actually run by a Turkish company, Cizgi Telekomunikasyon, though.
      Your Non Advocate
    • RE: Getting a user-friendly Web address on Google Plus

      @WebSiteManager Correct. The domain is Tonga, like many other Web sites, but the server and company are based in Turkey.

      Steven
      sjvn
  • RE: Getting a user-friendly Web address on Google Plus

    when is ZDnet setting up a Google+ account ?
    esadajr
  • Google Plus - URL Shortener

    I use, gplus.name
    zdnetjames
  • RE: Getting a user-friendly Web address on Google Plus

    My Google Profiles have those long strings of numbers. I must have done something wrong when I set them up. Or I broke them when I just did them in response to this. I think I will want to use that shortening service, or another one, although I think your critiques are valid. I would prefer not to have my Google Profile/Plus URL to be that domain name that does not roll off the tongue so easily.
    RabbiSteve
  • Make Short Url For Your Google Account

    You can use http://gotoplus.me , it's make vanity URL for your Google+ Profile like http://gotoplus.me/yourusername
    El Salvador
  • MyPlus.name

    The cool kids use MyPlus.name
    eg0
  • RE: Getting a user-friendly Web address on Google Plus

    Hi,

    1. This info is useful for those who have NOT created your Google+ Account yet.

    Go to https://profiles.google.com/me

    Log in with your Gmail ID and PW.

    Look for Profile URL - you will see both the Numbered URL and another URL with your Gmail ID. Choose the latter to save.

    AFTER this, then create your Google Plus Account. You will still see the Numbered URL in the URL bar. BUT, the URL Gmail ID also brings you here, even though it is not displayed.

    Try it... click or paste and click mine:

    https://profiles.google.com/alexanderalexis.daredateme

    and you will be brought to my Google+ page at:

    https://plus.google.com/113275097191520390259/posts

    So it's possible to get a user-friendly URL for Google+ but NOTE, the URL name is not displayed like on Facebook, such as:

    http://www.facebook.com/DareDate.Me

    2. This info is useful for those who HAVE already created a Google + account - BUT please read through first before following the steps.

    My Google + acccount was quite new and very blank. SO, I deleted it (ignoring all the Google warnings of data loss). DISCLAIMER: Delete at your own risk.

    Then I followed the steps under Item 1 above.

    It worked as well. I got a vanity URL. But note, it is still the Numbered URL that is displayed by Google +. I am told that this is to protect our gmail accounts from spam.

    I'm not an SEO expert. Just sharing my experience.

    Best Regards,
    Alexander Alexis
    http://www.daredate.me
    Alexander Alexis
  • Re: Getting a user-friendly Web address on a Google Plus PAGE

    Hi,

    I am still searching for a way to create a vanity URL for my Google+ PAGE.

    Right now, this is how my Google+ Page URL looks:

    https://plus.google.com/b/108462137811769599575/108462137811769599575/posts

    The ideal would of course be like on Facebook, such as:

    http://www.facebook.com/DareDate.Me

    So far, the closest I have come to a solution is a re-direct plugin as explained here:

    http://www.optimumclick.com/how-i-created-a-friendly-url-for-my-google-plus-page/

    If anyone knows a way, please share...I am sure it will be greatly appreciated!

    Best Regards,
    Alexander Alexis
    http://www.daredate.me
    Alexander Alexis
  • Thanks`

    Thanks for a great information. However, This is our ( http://timespr.com ) official Google+ URL - gplus.to/TimesPR
    TimesPR