Google+ Begins Rolling Out Vanity URLs John P. August 23, 2012 News 7 Comments 0 Shares Google+ 0 Twitter 0 Facebook 0 LinkedIn 0 Reddit 0 Pin It Share 0 Buffer 0 0 Shares × 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. Step 1 When I refreshed the page, this notification appeared at the top of the screen. Step 2 After clicking Claim URL, this page came up. Step 3 Next it asked me to finally confirm, and warned that it can’t ever be changed. Step 4 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!!! 0 Shares Google+ 0 Twitter 0 Facebook 0 LinkedIn 0 Reddit 0 Pin It Share 0 Buffer 0 0 Shares × 7 Responses stephen nielsen August 29, 2012 Thank you for the info! Signed up and ready to go: gplus.to/ptecpro Cheers Rick Shivell August 23, 2012 Haven’t got mine yet and suspect I will be one of the last ones to get one!!! Scott Holm August 23, 2012 Glad I found your post. I just checked my company’s page and we were one of the pre-approved. I was worried our name would be claimed by someone else before we could get to it, glad that wasn’t the case! http://google.com/+k12 – we’re in business! Hugh Briss August 23, 2012 Yeah, I can see where the steps are so complicated we’d need a how-to article explaining the process. Cliff Hall August 23, 2012 Yep: http://google.com/+puremvc is up and running. Woop! giovanni August 23, 2012 Since this is being sent out to pre-approved/verified folks, bet your bottom dollar there is going to be plenty of backlash on this process. Not having a place at the table when these are doled out is going to make tons of people very unhappy. John P. August 23, 2012 OMG, you’re right Gio! Thank God I’m not one of them!