Are you embarrassed by your ugly Google+ URL?
Fear not – this post will explain how you can be the envy of your friends/competitors with a shiny new vanity URL.
Last summer Google introduced custom URLs for brands and celebrities with verified profiles.
This meant that Toyota could now use the URL Google.com/+toyota rather than the slightly less memorable plus.google.com/100128670340279447796.
Google are now in the process of rolling out this functionality to users who meet the following criteria:
- Have at least 10 followers
- Have a profile photo
- Have had a profile/page for at leat 30 days
Google’s post on the subject explains that you might need to be patient if you don’t have the option yet:
Once you meet the eligibility criteria, just visit your profile or page to begin the claiming process. If you don’t see the option yet, don’t worry: we’re expanding availability throughout the week, and you’ll see the in-product notice as soon as your custom URL is ready.
Unfortunately you won’t have complete control over the URL – you will need to choose from a list which Google considers relevant.