Custom URLs Now Available for Google+

Google+ custom URL's now availableRecently, Google notified users that custom URLs are available. Google is one of the last to offer this option.

So, instead of something like this:

You can now have something like this:

If you meet the criteria, you should see a notification on your Google+ page or profile. They will display the approved custom options. Custom? To me, it’s not custom if they provide you with a few selections and you have to pick one. They will let you add a few letters or numbers to make it unique, but you can’t develop your own from scratch.

For most of us, it won’t be a big deal. Mine came in with +JimDevitt which is what I use on other sites anyway. But, it you have some unique URL that you use in Facebook or Twitter such as “Bestauthorever” you probably won’t have that for Google+.

In order to qualify for the custom URL, you need to have three things in place:

1. Ten or more followers.

2. Your account needs to be at least 30 days old.

3. You must have a profile photo.

If you qualify, they will give you a list of options. Just select one and click the box to agree to Terms of Service.

WAIT! Terms of Service? There’s always a catch, isn’t there? Here’s what you need to know.

  • They reserve the right to take it away without notice for any reason.
  • They are free, but they might charge a fee for them in the future.

WHAT? Did I just read that correctly? Yep. They might charge for them in the future. Should we be concerned? I don’t think so. There would be a tremendous backlash if they ever tried to charge and if so, I’ll just go back to using


Author: Jim Devitt

Jim Devitt’s debut YA novel, The Card, hit #1 in three separate categories on the Kindle Bestseller list in early January and was a finalist in the Guys Can Read Indie Author Contest this past summer. Devitt currently lives in Miami, FL with his wife Melissa and their children. Learn more about Jim at his blog and his Amazon author page.

7 thoughts on “Custom URLs Now Available for Google+”

  1. I agree with Lori. I hate the cellphone nag that appears on so many sites.

    It’s unfortunate that Google doesn’t allow complete customization like bitly.

    Thanks for this information, Jim.

  2. I’m with Lori and Kathy. I received an invitation, and they wanted my cell phone number, which may or may not be cool. My cell is associated with a personal gmail account, and not sure I can associate it with both without linking gmail accounts (which I don’t want to do). It’s an interesting option, however, if this is your primary gmail account.

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