10 Google+ Tips for Beginners

You just got your hands on a Google+ invite -- but what next? Check out these 10 tips to get you started on Google's new social network.

How to Claim a Vanity URL

Unlike Facebook, Google+ does not yet offer vanity URLs, or a shorter URL that you can use to point others to your profile. Enter gplus.to: a service that shortens your Google+ URL into something more simple.


Visit the site, choose a shorter username then copy and paste the string of numbers identifying your Google+ page. This will create your vanity URL: gplus.to/yourusername.