Google has revealed that users of social networking service will have the ability to add a custom URL to Google+.
The catch? You must at least be a prominent personality or brand name since the search giant will make it an exclusive feature for popular brands and celebrities with verified Google+ accounts. All the same, the new feature will shortly roll out to all Google+ users and allow them to customize and shorten URLs on the social network.
The new feature will show usernames with ‘+’ signs behind the google.com domain. David Beckham has already registered the +DavidBeckham address to change the football star’s Google+ URL to google.com/+DavidBeckham.
“Today we’re introducing custom URLs to make it even easier for people to find your profile on Google+,” wrote Google’s Saurabh Sharma on his Google+ profile page to announce the feature.
“A custom URL is a short, easy to remember web address that links directly to your profile or page on Google+. For instance, +TOYOTA can now usegoogle.com/+toyota to unveil their latest models, +Britney Spears can share her upcoming appearances at google.com/+britneyspears, +Ubisoft can share game trailers and videos at google.com/+assassinscreed, and +Delta can help travellers find great deals at google.com/+delta.”
Google also launched a “Studio Mode” audio setting for Google+ to optimize the sound of music on the social network.
“Since we launched Google+ a little over a year ago, we’ve seen a thriving community of musicians connect with fans in really cool ways,” Google said in a blog post.
“In particular: singer/songwriters like +Daria Musk, bands like +Suite 709, and many others are using Hangouts On Air to perform live for global audiences, and jam with fans face-to-face.”
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