Last Tuesday, Google+ announced several new updates like photo upload support for all sizes and resolutions, the Auto Awesome Erase tool which removes objects/people from your photos and the Auto Awesome Video feature which converts your uploaded photos and videos into a short movie, complete with audio overlay just to name a few. Another cool update is the Google+ custom URL which is now available for eligible users.
So what is a custom URL? It is a short and easy-to-remember web address that is linked to your profile or page. For example, YouTube can redirect users to it’s Google+ page using this custom URL – plus.google.com/+YouTube instead of the regular link – plus.google.com/115229808208707341778 which is shorter and easier to remember.
To be eligible for a custom URL, your Google+ account should meet the following requirements:
- Has a profile photo
- Has at least 10 followers
- Has an account that’s at least 30 days old
Eligibility for Local Google+ pages: Must be a verified local business
Eligibility for Non-local Google+ pages: Must be linked to a website
To check if the custom URL is now available on your account just login to your Google+ account and if you’re eligible, you’ll see a notification bar on top of your profile/page. Or if you received an email notification from the Google+ team, just click on the link they provided.
Click on the Get URL button or you can also do it by going to your “About” tab on your Profile and click on the “Get” link located under the Google+ URL.
It will show you the custom URL that’s been approved or selected for you. For those who see more than one option, select which one you like best. Others might also be required to add a few numbers or letters to make the URL unique. You can also request a different one in case you don’t like any of the preapproved ones.
Make sure that the URL is spelled correctly or that it is exactly the way you want it to be. Once you approve the custom URL, it can’t be changed. Check the box to approve the Terms of Service and click Change URL.
Some users might also be required to verify their accounts through their mobile phone numbers. Even if your account meets the requirements, this feature hasn’t been rolled out to all accounts. So if you don’t see the custom URL notification, don’t worry because it will eventually reach everyone.
Btw, you can edit the capitalization or accents of your custom URL but not the URL itself. To do so, just follow these steps: On your Google+ profile, click on the “Links” section and a box will appear, allowing you to make the necessary formatting changes.
I got the notification email from the Google+ team a couple of days back but because I was very busy at that time, I wasn’t able to do it and eventually forgot about it. While I was browsing through Facebook earlier today, I saw a friend of mine post about the new Google+ custom URL and it reminded me of the email so I went ahead and claimed my custom URL – plus.google.com/+JPHabaradas.
Btw, the old URL – plus.google.com/106020804837304998947 still works and is still the default profile/page URL. The new custom URL is just a short and easy way to share or promote your Google+ profile/page.
Anyone else got their Google+ custom URL? Did you like the preapproved URL that was assigned to you or not? Please share your thoughts.