Google social network adding verified accounts

August 14, 2012
Custom Google+ page addresses were rolled out to a limited number of profiles, the company said in a blog post
File photo shows the Google+ sign-in page displayed on a computer screen. Google announced that it will let users of its online social network have verified accounts with names or brands in a manner similar to that offered at Facebook and Twitter.

Google announced that it will let users of its online social network have verified accounts with names or brands in a manner similar to that offered at Facebook and Twitter.

Custom + page addresses were rolled out to a limited number of including the footballer David Beckham, actor Hugh Jackman, singer Britney Spears, and Japanese car maker Toyota, the company said in a blog post.

"At first, we're introducing custom URLs to a limited number of verified profiles and pages," said Google product manager Saurabh Sharma.

"But over time we plan to offer custom URLs to many more brands and individuals."

Verified social network accounts with well-known names as Web addresses are intended to make it easy to find high-profile people or brands and avoid problems with imposters.

"A custom URL is a short, easy to remember Web address that links directly to your profile or pay on Google+," Sharma said.

Google+ launched last year in a challenge to social networking king .

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Yes, you are right there. I like a short and sweet URL as like Facebook. By that, make easy for online user to do a search.
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