Monday, July 11, 2011

3 helpful GooglePlus posts and creating a vanity URL

DearREADERS,
Since the end of June there has been a buzz about a new web resource called Google+. I like to call it G+ for short. It is sorta like Facebook (FB), only better (me thinks!) Here are the three best posts from among 15 or so that I've read hoping to figure out what the heck this Google+ is all about.
Google+ does not yet have "vanity URL" capability, so over there Ol' Myrt is just a great big number.

WHAT'S A VANITY URL?
Basically it is an "easier to remember" URL for a page at Facebook, or in this case at Google+

Gone are the days of being a CompuServe user8790243@compuserve. Thanks for the advice from Cio about creating an "easier to remember" URL for G+.
 
HERE'S HOW TO GET A G+ VANITY URL (SORTA)

At Google+, my profile page is:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/107941607363534146959/posts

The unique part is the 107941607363534146959

However, I went to cio.com and followed Google Tip #3 that explains the process for creating one's own vanity link. I typed in the text DearMYRTLE and copied/pasted 107941607363534146959 in the appropriate box, and then clicked the ADD button. As shown below I receive the cheery "OKEY" and the clickable hyperlink as shown below. My G+ "easier to remember" URL is now:
gplus.to/DearMYRTLE




WHY ONLY SORTA?

This isn't a real vanity URL, more like a tinyURL of sorts for Google+ because once you click on the "easier to remember" URL gplus.to/DearMYRTLE, it takes you to my Google+ page known affectionately as https://plus.google.com/u/0/107941607363534146959/posts [emphasis added].

Guess we're all reduced to a number, eh? 

It is my guess that it won't be long before Google+ includes vanity URLS. After all, we're not using CompuServe anymore are we, Google?  (hint, hint)


If it is all about communicating (social networking) then Google ought to make it "easier to remember" our profile locations when pointing potential new members to Google+.

All my Google+ friends can just find me going around in circles. (Pun intended!)


Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.