About two years ago, Google offered a feature to create a “vanity URL” for your Google profile. I did mine, and it lived here:
With the advent of Google+, they’ve done away with the vanity URLs. The link above still works, but now it redirects to a crazy long (and ugly) address of:
While I fully expect Google will fix this at some point, there are some workarounds in the meantime:
- Using my example above, try “profiles.google.com/USERNAME” and it might work for some of you.
- Try the new gplus.to service. It’s not official, but lets you get a very short URL to give out to people. Mine on there is simply: gplus.to/mickmel. Much better!
Like I said above, I fully believe Google will add proper vanity URLs to g+. In the meantime, gplus.to seems like your best alternative.
(via Ross Mayfield)