Here’s What You Need to Do to Get a Custom Google Plus Profile URL

Ever since Google announced Google+, users have been craving for custom Google Plus profile URL, and now the wait has finally come to an end. Google+ users can grab a vanity URL for this profile and finally stop using third-party services like

While a bunch of users are enjoying their Google Plus vanity URL, many users are still wondering why the option to get a vanity URL is still not available. Getting a custom URL for your Google Plus profile, Business Page, and Local Page requires some basic eligibility. Here’s what you need to in order to get ahead of the line:

Eligibility for User Profiles:

  • You should at least have 10 or more followers
  • Your account should be 30 days old or more
  • A profile photo is a must

Eligibility for Business and Local Pages:

  • Must be a verified local business
  • Must be linked to a website

If you meet the above eligibility you will be intimated by Google with a notification to create your Profile URL. Google also automatically suggests you a custom URL for your page or Profile, however, you can still opt a URL of your own choice using the provided option.

If you have requested for a change, Google will review your Request for the new custom URL and allot it for you if it is available and strictly meets the site’s Terms and Policies.

If you’ve met all the above criteria and still haven’t received the option to create a vanity URL for your profile, you just have to wait as Google is rolling out the feature in batches.

Users Can Now Upload Full-Size Photos to Google+

Good news for photo fans on Google+ as the tech giant has now enabled users to upload full-size photos to Google+. That is, you’ll be able to upload your photos with highest resolutions and not lose any details. Tough time for Flickr and other popular photo sharing sites.

However, users are limited to 2048 pixel-wide photos, and any photo beyond this threshold (over 2048 x 2048 pixels) will take up space on your Google Drive (5GB free storage) included with your Google+ account.

In December last year, Google enabled full-size backups of Android photos, and today Google’s John Emerson announced in a post about the latest addition to the desktop site. “Today we’re making it possible upload full-size photos from your desktop — whether you’re updating your profile photo, creating a new album to share, or backing up pictures from a recent vacation,” Jon Emerson explained.

To enable full-size desktop uploads, all you need to do is visit your settings at, and enable “Upload my photos at full size” by checking it. Please be aware that any photo that is larger than 2048px will count towards your Google Drive storage. However, photo storage at 2048px or smaller remains free and unlimited. Additionally, you can buy more Google storage capacity at $2.49 a month for 25GB or $4.99 a month for 100GB.

Enable Google Plus Full Size Photo Upload

The full-size photo uploading feature will now complement the pan and zoom feature that was launched in January this year. Users have to simply open a large photo in the lightbox and then, depending on how they want to view it, can either use their mouse wheel to zoom in or out and/or click and drag to pan right, left, up or down.

Google+ is getting better with very new feature added to it. With full-size photo uploads, Google+ will now compete with popular photo sharing sites Flickr and 500px.

Google Plans To Bundle All Its Chat Services Under ‘Babble’

Forget regular chats, it might be time to babble. And soon, if Google has its way.

Google Babble

At one point or the other, faithful Google users must have felt that the disparate facilities offered by Google – Google Talk, Google+ Hangout, Google Voice and Google Drive – would be much better off if merged into one giant facility. That is where Babble comes in – it’s the promised unification of all these above-mentioned facilities.

What will that give you? That will allow you to use the same chat window as Google Talk and start a Hangout, while still editing a Google Drive file. You will be able to Hangout with anyone in the contact list. reported this story here and it’s drawing quite a bit of attention. Google is not launching a new product in this as it is just bundling up its old services into one master service and that has a lot of users excited.

What about Skype and AIM, which are similar services but not under the Google umbrella? Unfortunately, they will continue to be out of the shade as Google will integrate only its own services under the XMPP, a message-oriented communication protocol originally launched as Jabber.

The most exciting aspect of the grand unification plan is the promised quality. reports that Babble will have exceptional voice and video quality.

Google has however not released any comment on any of the above issues. Maybe, the initial rollout will be quiet and on an experimental basis, like Google+. The interest is quite high, and the same can be said about the imminent launch of the new Android OS ‘Key Lime Pie’.

Enough Talk-ing, let’s start Babble-ing.

Lock Down Your Facebook and Google Accounts with Privacyfix

Way back in 2010, just as the controversy surrounding Facebook’s Open Graph was exploding, we had reviewed a nifty bookmarklet called ReclaimPrivacy that could automatically scan your Facebook settings and highlight areas of concern. Recently I came across a Firefox and Chrome extension called PrivacyFix, which does the same thing, but better.

As soon as you install the extension, it will scan your currently-logged-in Facebook and Google accounts, as well as your browser cookies to identify privacy threats. Once it finishes scanning, you will see a neat report, which highlights potential areas of concern. Privacyfix explains each of the identified issues, and assists you in fixing them.


Privacy Fix also maintains a database of popular websites that track and retain user data. For websites with an opt-out policy it offers to send a mail requesting to opt-you out. Additionally, it can delete existing tracking cookies, and block tracking cookies from being placed in the future.


Privacyfix is a simple, hassle-free solution that goes a long way towards avoiding accidental privacy breaches on social networks. Both Facebook and Google offer great privacy tools. Unfortunately, they are either difficult to find, or too confusing for most users. By automatically identifying and highlighting potential issues, Privacyfix makes things easier for the user. It’s a tool that even your parents could use with confidence. Go ahead and download it. There is no reason not to.


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Google+ Now Has 100 Million Monthly Active Users

Last year in Decmeber, Paul Allen, the one who claims himself as the unofficial Google+ “statistician” predicted that Google+ would reach a new milestone of 400 million users by the end of 2012. Well, the prediction seems to be true now.

In addition to Google’s announcement to acquire Snapseed’s creator Nik software, Vic Gundotra, the Senior Vice President of Engineering for Google, announced a new milestone for Google+: 400 million registered users and 100 million monthly active users. He posted the following statistics in a Google+ post:

This week we also hit an important milestone — over 400,000,000 people have upgraded to Google+. It was only a year ago that we opened public sign-up, and we couldn’t have imagined that so many people would join in just 12 months. While Google+ is all about creating a better experience across Google, it’s also a destination. And here too, I’m happy to report that we have just crossed 100,000,000 monthly active users on Google+ ( and mobile app).

The 100 million monthly active users are together combined desktop and mobile users. The social networking giant Facebook on the other hand, boasts of having 955 million active users as of June 30, 2012, with an increase of 29% year-over-year. Google+ is far away from this and it would certainly take a lot more time to compete with Facebook.

Google+ is still in its initial stage and has to work harder to attract its users. Like Facebook, Google also started to notify its users about birthdays of friends. Google is also making an effort to provide its users with vanity URLs, which is perhaps the most awaited feature on the social networking site.

With 100 million monthly active and 400 million registered users, Google+ is now slightly more than one-tenth the size of Facebook out of which, one-third of the total users are located in the US.

Google Starts Notifying Users About Birthdays

Birthday reminders are nothing new to social networking sites and we already know how useful and popular it is on Facebook. Now, Google is adding a similar feature on Google Plus and its others services reminding you about someone in your circles is celebrating his/her birthday.

Irene Chung, Staff Software Engineer at Google, updated her Google Plus profile with the following post:

Everyone deserves a little love on their birthday, so we’re making it easier for you and your friends to celebrate on Google. Starting today, you’ll see a reminder on when someone in your circles has a birthday! From there it’s easy to share a fun message, photo, or video with the birthday gal or guy.

With this new birthday reminders feature, Google is trying to push notifications into search page results, which perhaps is part of their marketing strategy for its social networking site Google+ along with its other online services and products.

To allow people in your circles to be reminded of your birthday, you first need to update your birth day and grant Google the permission to show the notification. To do so, go to and set you date of birth. You can also set the visibility of your birthday as to who can view you it. You can either make it visible to public or only to your circles (or a specific circle only).

Please note, by default, your date of birth (day and month only) will be visible to people in Your Circles. You can change it by using the above mentioned link.

Irene added that birthday reminder notifications are currently available only if you’re searching in English on It will be rolled out all users in the next few days. We also expect that this feature will be available to all other languages as well.

Google+ Starts to Rollout Pre-approved Custom URLs for Profiles and Pages

The most awaited Google+ feature is the vanity or custom URL for profiles and pages. It was reported last week that Google started to roll out Google Plus custom URLs to a selected number of celebrities and major brands, but today the social network has announced that is expanding this facility to a thousand more brands and profiles, including verified users.

The company has already pre-approved custom URL for brands like Toyota, Delta and celebrities like Britney Spears.

Google Product Manager Saurabh Sharma posted the following to Google+:

Today we’re rolling out custom URLs to thousands more verified (and well-known) brands and individuals. If you’re part of this expanded roll out, you’ll be prompted to claim your preapproved URL via email and/or when you visit your profile or page.

We’re making these changes over the next few days, and we’ll be offering custom URLs to many more profiles and pages in the future. We appreciate your patience in the interim, and we look forward to hearing your feedback!

Google+ Custom URL

If you’re one among those thousand profiles or pages that Google has chosen, you can expect to see a notification at the top of the screen when you go to You will also receive an email from the Google Plus team stating that the social network has pre-approved a custom Google+ URL for you, which you need to approve it by clicking the “Claim URL” button. You can also go to your Plus profile and click the “Edit” button, and the prompt will be shown there.

Google+ Vanity URL

If the pre-approved URL assigned by Google doesn’t seem to please you, then you can request for a different one by clicking on the link that is provided in the email. Although it is not clear on what options you are provided with if you request for a different URL. Possibilities are that you will be allowed to pick from a URL from a list of pre-selected alternatives. Or, perhaps you can request Google for the exact URL that you want and wait for it to be approved.

Note: Google+ custom URLs are not case sensitive. That is, for instance, is same as

If you’re looking to get a custom Google+ URL for your profile, then it is recommended that you keep checking your profile frequently for any updates or notifications. Also, keep an eye on your emails as you might be getting an email soon. It should also be noted that once the URL is selected, you cannot change it.

Google Integrates Google+ Into Blogger

Google continues to integrate its social networking site Google+ with the other services that it offers. Today, Google announced the Google+ integration for Blogger, enabling users to share their thoughts with their friends on Google+ in few easy steps.

The new integration lets Blogger users connect their blog to a Google+ profile or page. This means that you will be able to connect your brands, business, or other organization’s blog to your Google+ profile, essentially making it easier to unify your online identities together.

For instance, if you’re an author at a particular blog, with the Google+ integration it is possible to link the author page to a Google+ page. Additionally, you can also notify your friends and followers when you publish a new article or blog post. With the Google+ share box integrated, you can make an update and notify your followers about the new blog post.

On the other hand, if your followers find your articles interesting enough, they can even +1 or re-share your post with their network on Google+. Google calls this as the ‘ripple effect,’ which exposes links to your content to a wider audience.

Google Plus Blogger Integration

Besides the Facebook Share box, you can also added Google+ gadgets. Google+ also offers an easier way to add gadgets like the +1 button and the Google+ Badge on your Blogger site. You can go here to read more about on how you can add the new gadgets to make your blog better with Google+.

To begin integrating your Blogger site with Google+, you need to click on the newly created “Google+” tab in your Blogger dashboard and then click on the “Upgrade” button. However, if you have already using Google+, you will provided with steps to associate your blog with your profile or a page.

Google says that it will introduce several new options in the coming future: “We’ll be introducing more settings on this tab in the future, so stay tuned for additional ways to get more out of Blogger with Google+.”

Just yesterday, Google announced that it has replaced the usual Google video chat with Google+ Hangouts, which promises to “deliver higher reliability and enhanced quality” to your chats.

Google+ for Tablets – Android App Available Today, Coming Soon to iPad

Today, during the Google I/O 2012, Google announced the all new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean along with the Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus Q device. Further ahead, Google’s VP Vic Gundotra shared some pretty interesting stats about its social networking site, Google+.

Google launched Google+ back in 2011, and exactly after a year, Google+ has reached a new milestone of over 250 million users in total of which nearly 175 million are monthly active users, including 75 million daily users. It’s pretty interesting to learn that Google+ has grown to a greater extent in the last one year, and what’s even more interesting is that most of the users login to their Google+ profiles from mobile devices.

This makes it clear that Google+ is gaining popularity on mobile devices rather than on desktop. Users spend about roughly 12 minutes using Google+, which is quite a demand. In order to cope up with the demands, Google today announced the Google+ version for tablets.

Google+ for Tablets

Having announced the tablet version for Google+, Vic Gundotra added, “We think it’s the best version of Google+ we’re ever designed.”

The Android app for tablets is available today, however, iOS users will have to wait a little longer as Google has promised to release the app very “soon.”

Google posted in a blog post that the tablet app is designed with the device in mind, and it includes:

  • A beautiful stream that styles content based on popularity, type and orientation
  • A “lean back” Hangouts experience that’s great for the couch or common room
  • Crisper text, fuller photos and easily-tappable actions like +1 and comment

Google Plus Announces Hangouts On Air For Everyone

Google has announced in a blog post that Google Plus has now opened Hangouts on Air  to its users. Hangouts is the most notable feature of Google Plus, the deserted island social network. Hangouts on Air will allow users to broadcast live to an audience while recording to YouTube.

Google Plus users can:

  • Broadcast publicly. By checking “Enable Hangouts On Air,” you can broadcast your live hangout—from the Google+ stream, your YouTube channel or your website—to the entire world.
  • See how many viewers you’ve got. During your broadcast, you can look inside the hangout to see how many people are watching live.
  • Record and re-share. Once you’re off the air, we’ll upload a public recording to your YouTube channel, and to your original Google+ post. This way it’s easy to share and discuss your broadcast after it’s over.

However, it should be noted that Google has limited the functionality to YouTube users whose account has been previously flagged for copyright infringement. The feature is also being rolled out in the following 40 countries: Argentina,  Morocco, Australia, Netherlands, Brazil, New Zealand, Canada, Nigeria, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Poland, Czech Republic, Portugal, Egypt, Russian Federation, France, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, South Africa, Indonesia, Spain, Ireland, Sweden, Israel, Switzerland, Italy, Taiwan, Japan, Turkey, Kenya, Ukraine, Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Mexico, and United States.

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Google has previously rolled out this feature for a select number of broadcasters. Google has earlier launched YouTube Live, a platform to stream live videos on YouTube to a select number of broadcasters, competing against the likes of Ustream and

Working towards Google TV?

Google’s social network hasn’t been able to attract a number of users as it does not offer anything that other social networks out there have to offer. However, with Google Plus’ recent feature addition, it looks like Google Plus might want to become a video hub for everything video along with YouTube. It should also be noted that Google recently bought Machinima, original video content producer for YouTube. Now combine all this together — Live Stream Content, Original Video Content, Movies on Google Play; and it’s tons of  video content for Google TV.