One major downside with Google’s handling of profiles is the horrendously long and complicated URL that is assigned to you. Right now, the only “official” way to access your profile is through a long string of numbers like https://plus.google.com/106268503834064085453. It’s not pretty, and it’s extremely hard to remember unless you have magic memory. Unfortunately, Google+ currently offers no option to enable a shorter, custom URL like Facebook(http://facebook.com/username) and Twitter(http://twitter.com/username).
The good thing is, there are quite a few unofficial profile URL shortening services around that can temporarily solve the problem, at least until Google implements something similar. You can use these services to turn your long URL to something like gplus.to/Bob.
There are no visible difference between the different services and they’re all free, so the service you choose is all up to your personal choice. Of course, you can get your own URL at all four of the sites without a problem.
Once you have registered your own URL, you can effortlessly share your profile with the world! It’s perfect for business cards, IMs messages, e-mail signatures, and more!
These services are not owned and operated by Google, so they can go offline at any moment’s notice, and Google is not responsible for whatever that happens.
Know other vanity URL services? Comment below! [some info via BLOG404]