If you have been using Google Plus Network, you know how ugly and hard it is to remember your profile URL. Currently Google Plus doesn’t offer a Google Plus Vanity URL. Currently from what I found about why doesn’t offer a vanity URL, they believe that if they offer vanity URLs it might leave users with Gmail accounts open for spam threats (Still researching this).
I believe this really shouldn’t be an issue, if you create a vanity URL that isn’t related to your email address then it shouldn’t be a problem. But since they believe it is, we have to find other ways to get short and pretty URLs for our profile accounts. Below is three ways to get a short and easy vanity URL for Google Plus
1. gplus.to Google Plus Network URL Shortener
This is a new service first mentioned on Mashable last week. There really isn’t much information about the company and it is not supported by Google. Using this service is up to you. Personally I do not use this service, but from what others say they do use it and it works.
2. Use Your Old Google Profile URL
Another way to create shorter URL is to use your old profiles.google.com URL. Currently Google redirects this link to your Google Plus account. If you do not know this profile link then you are probably out of luck. Google Profiles also redirects to the sign up page for Google Plus.
3. Us a URL Shortening Service to Create a Short URL
The last way to create a short and easy Google Plus URL, is to use a URL shortening service. You could take your profile link and shorten it with bit.ly or sur.pr. It easy to use, you can track the clicks from these services, and these services are already trusted and know services. The only downside to using this service is the link is cloaked and some may not click on it because they can’t see where the link goes.
Getting a vanity URL for Google Plus isn’t all that important, but if you need one, there are ways to get one. The ones listed here aren’t perfect, but they might work for you. If you know another way or you are using one these methods, please share your thoughts. I would love to what your thoughts on gplus.to if you are using it.