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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!!! :-)

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John P. is CEO of Livid Lobster and co-host of Geek Beat TV. You can also find him on Twitter and Google+.

7 Responses

  1. Rick Shivell

    Haven’t got mine yet and suspect I will be one of the last ones to get one!!!

  2. Scott Holm

    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!

  3. Hugh Briss

    Yeah, I can see where the steps are so complicated we’d need a how-to article explaining the process.

  4. giovanni

    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.