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7 Google Plus Link Shorteners

Google Plus - Social Media and MoreStill waiting for your Google Plus vanity URL or are wondering how to shorten your Google+ URL?

With all of the excitement of Google +, it’s not hard to feel frustrated about having a long profile user name.  As of now, Google is not allowing custom or vanity URL’s for their new social networking site, leaving us with a series of numbers that even most mathematician’s wouldn’t remember.

To let your friends and social media colleagues join you on Google+, there are a few great custom URL shorteners to select from.  In my digital opinion, I say grab them all to protect your brand name. All you need to do is type in your long Google profile URL. Mine is so look for the long series of numbers on your profile page.

Add in your desired custom user name on the list of shorteners below. I used my first and last name, juliespira, to be in digital alignment with my twitter profile, as seen below.

The only trick will be in remembering which of these shorteners you’ve decided to use to promote your profile on your facebook, twitter, linkedin, or other social networking page. I’ve been favoring, but they’ll all work just fine.

Link shorteners


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Google and Video Tips at the Social Networking Conference


Last week, I had the opportunity and privilege to be a presenter on using social media to create brand loyalty at the Internet Dating Conference. The conference coincided with the Social Networking Conference in Beverly Hills.

Several members of Google led a 3-hour presentation on the use of Google tips, the Google Content Network, Google TV, and the mobile landscape.

Google shared some statistics on their study of online videos. Some of the statistics about video included:

  • 46% said that video helped them learn more
  • 35% said video provided them with information on where to sign up for services and offerings
  • 25% said video introduced them to sites they didn’t know about

Other tips from Google included:

  • Participate in online communities and social media thoughtfully
  • Make sure others are talking about you and are linking to you
  • Put video advice on your YouTube channel and get others to subscribe

YouTube statistics are off the charts:

  • More than 1 Billion videos are viewed daily
  • YouTube is the 4th largest site on the Internet
  • 448 Million unique global users
  • 20 hours of videos are uploaded each minute
  • YouTube is the #2 search engine in the world (second to Google)
  • Internet users spend more time on Facebook and YouTube than any other sites

The key takeaways from the Google presentation were that online video represents a huge opportunity to reach your customers with a new compelling format. Track your success with YouTube insights, create a call-to-action, and make YouTube your home.

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