• Takeshi Young

    Lame.

  • http://gyitsakalakis.com/ Gyi Tsakalakis

    Any insight as to what the criteria are for “being deemed most important”?

  • chris chabot

    Whoah Greg, I’m sorry you’re feeling so down on Google+, however I can assure you that the type of rollout we’re doing is the result of a lot of thought being put into it.

    A first come first serve basis seems like a great approach, until you realize that there’s probably 20 britney spears’ who registered before the famous one did – but we’d do the many hundreds of millions of britney spears fans a disservice if google.com/+britneyspears didn’t point to the famous britney spears’s profile.

    So the approach is simple – we’re starting with the high profile well known people and brands – and will be expanding from there – we also have some great solutions for the ‘John Smith’s’ of the world.

    Finally to your ‘No one knows what happens when you click the ‘Request a different one’ link, the Google+ help center article explains this in details:
    http://support.google.com/plus/bin/answer.py?hl=en-GB&topic=2400106&answer=2676340

  • http://twitter.com/SeanCutright Sean Cutright

    Once you get a vanity URL, should you adjust the Google+ badge that verifies your account to show the new URL? I’m not seeing any mention or “best practice” regarding this.

  • Matt McGee

    Chris, first – thanks for the comment. :-)

    Second, that’s all fine and good except for the fact that Google+ system for verifying users seems to be completely random. I’ve seen users with maybe 200 followers have verified status while others that are extremely visible in their industry and have tens of thousands of followers aren’t verified.

    Relying on verified status to start this would be better if the verification system itself was better.

  • http://www.brickmarketing.com/ Nick Stamoulis

    “If a charge is added later, after people start promoting and using their names, will businesses and individual feel stuck?”

    Let’s up that’s not a wall that we have to run into. If Google+ wants real people to bother then a pay-to-play model isn’t going to work right now.