A couple of hours ago Vic Gundotra announced that Google+ is beginning a limited rollout of vanity URLs. This is designed to allow people to go from having a personal page URL of something like: https://plus.google.com/u/0/109938202835872364257/posts to something like: http://google.com/+GeekBeat
According to Vic:
We are rolling out vanity URLs now. Please be patient with us. Initial rollout is to a few thousand pages and verified people. In the upcoming months we will go further.
I was fortunate enough to be included in this rollout, though my preassigned URL was google.com/+JohnPozadzides. And since no one can spell my name I requested the shorter google.com/+JohnP. (Which is what you all call me anyway!)
Geek Beat was also included in the rollout, and I accepted the preassigned google.com/+GeekBeat. Here’s exactly what the process looked like.
When I refreshed the page, this notification appeared at the top of the screen.
After clicking Claim URL, this page came up.
Next it asked me to finally confirm, and warned that it can’t ever be changed.
Finally, it told me it was done and invited me to advertise the new vanity URL!
I thought the process was straight forward and excellently executed! I’m a little sad that when I requested a different one they said it can take a few days for approval, but I’m hopeful that I’ll get the one I requested. I’ll let you guys know what happens on Google+!
Did you get yours yet, or are you still waiting? Share a link to your profile in the comments please!!! 🙂