I received an email from Google this evening to let me know that I can now use a custom URL for my Google+ profile. The email had a subject of “Get a custom URL for your Google+ profile,” and the email said “You’re now eligible for a unique Google+ custom URL.”
My new custom url for Google+ is google.com/+ElliotSilver. I was able to change it from a long url made up of a bunch of random numbers and letters, so this is an improvement. Although Google reserved this particular url for me, I was permitted to request a different url, but I like the one that was selected for me.
- We reserve the right to reclaim custom URLs or remove them for any reason, and without notice.
- Custom URLs are free for now, but we may start charging a fee for them. However, we will tell you before we start charging and give you the choice to stop participating first.
- Don’t include words and phrases in your custom URL that would violate the Google+ User Content and Conduct Policy
I am going to have to spend some time updating the links on my website, but I think it will be well worth the effort to do so. If you receive this email from Google Plus, you should think about claiming your own URL.
One word of caution though. Any time people know about emails like this, scammers are likely to be close behind and may use an email like this as a phishing or even a spear phishing attempt. Make sure the email is legitimate and from Google. Never click on links in emails, especially ones that could lead to your Google account being compromised.