Google+ vanity URL – how to get one

 

By Posted 6 Jul 2011, 15:44

Since the launch of Google+ those who have been lucky enough to receive an invite have been wondering how they go about getting themselves a vanity URL. Those of you with a Facebook or Twitter account will already know it is possible, but as yet have been unable to work out how to get one on Google’s newest social media service.

Now Google is very security conscious, which is the reason why Google+ does not have it. If they did then it would not take long for spammers to get your email address and then inundate you with unwanted spam. So instead you have to put up with a long string of numbers instead.

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It is all well and good that Google cares that much to cut out the spam, but there is a price to pay. If you wanted to give people your new Google+ profile you will have to give them all those numbers, which let’s face it does not look very cool. Thankfully Mashable has learned of a way, and its called Gplus.to.

This is a little app that allows you to create a Google+ URL, so if I were to have one it would be Gplus.to/peterchubb, much better than a series of numbers don’t you agree? OK, so we know that it looks a little odd having Gplus.to instead of plus.google.com, but there is nothing you can do about that.

You have to ask yourself if Google should risk the security issue and just allow Google Plus users the chance to have a vanity URL, because at the end of the day we are all vain. This would not normally be an issue, but because it will be tied to your Gmail account things become much more difficult to keep secure.

In other Google related news it seems that they have been having a bit of a rethink, as Picasa and Blogger will soon be known as Google Products instead. Now there could be a number of reasons for this, but Mashable believes that Google wishes to have a unified brand to increase Google+ awareness.

We would just like to advise you that both Picasa and Blogger are not going away, it’s just a name change. The former could soon be known as Google Photos and the latter Google Blogs. Google has yet to comment on this, so we cannot say for certain if this is actually true or not, but this is expected to happen within the next six weeks.