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Friendlier Google Profile Addresses

   
5:24 pm on Apr 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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googlesystem [googlesystem.blogspot.com]

Google Profiles have cryptic web addresses that include 21-digit IDs to make them impossible to guess. One option to make the profile more accessible is to check "Display my full name so I can be found in search", an option that makes the profile searchable.

right out of the twitter playbook; they want your name to rank on a google domain.

8:15 pm on Apr 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Well, I guess they are following their own recommended best practices for URLs. 21 digits is a lot to copy correctly, much less remember.
5:40 am on Apr 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Forget twitter, it's right out of a head hunters playbook. Job interviews are offered and declined based on what can be found online all the time now. It works.

It's hard to remain anonymous online.

2:33 pm on Apr 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Forget twitter, it's right out of a head hunters playbook.

no doubt, google could have done this years ago; nonetheless, they did it shortly after twitter optimized their profile titles for search engine ranking:

[webmasterworld.com...]

the ideal solution is typically the most obvious.

 

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