Why I Hate Google +/Google Plus

Firstly, it bothers me to no end that when I write about Google Plus I have to write both “Google +” and “Google Plus” because of fear/confusion/misunderstanding about what the kids are calling it these days.

But, I digress.

The #1 main reason I hate Google + is because I can’t figure out how to access my Google Plus profile with a link that isn’t 40 characters long and ugly. Granted, I can be an idiot at the interwebs, but I literally spent 30 minutes this week trying to figure out what a pretty, direct link to my Google Plus+ profile could be. This included (obviously) a Google search for “how to link to my google+ profile“, which pinged back the following unrelated gems:

Finally, search result number 9 proved promising, as it gave me the hope of a custom URL that did not include 18 bizarre numbers but rather my (gasp!) name. Hope ended when I clicked on the search result and read through directions that did not work for me or any of the irate commenters, because they reference a button/option that does not exist. This means said directions are either a) wrong or b) outdated because things are changing so much on Google + these days. (On this particular point I do not fault Google+, because new technologies always change, but this is might frustrating.)

So then, since those search results didn’t work out, I decided to change my search to “how to link to my google plus profile” (note the change from the “+” to the “plus”, thereby exhibiting my other key annoyance, that everything related to Google +/Google Plus has to be written twice on the interwebs because you just don’t know how others are saying it).

That search also failed to provide anything of worth, so I was left to ponder (with ire) the question of why Google cannot fix the Google search results such that the page on the Google + help section is ranked to appear on the first page of search results for its relevant search keywords.

Then I got busy on a site called Myplus.co which promised to give me a handy direct URL. The only caveat being that the link would start with myplus.co but at this point I’m FINE with that as long as I can end this madness. Oh but wait, Myplus.co doesn’t recognize the link I am providing, which I have copy and pasted, so apparently I can’t even link to myself on Google +/Plus even when I use the ugly long numbers.

So now, here I sit. Unable to link to my own profile and unable to figure out how.

#lesigh

Here is my profile, in case you know how to get to it. If you do know a way to get there without copying down those boring numbers or memorizing that less-than-handy URL, please enlighten.

 

Oh, Google Plus/+ you irk me!

 

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Comments

  1. I don’t know if it’s just me or if perhaps everybody else experiencing issues with your site.
    It looks like some of the written text on your posts are running off the
    screen. Can someone else please comment and let me know if this
    is happening to them too? This could be a problem with my internet browser because I’ve had this happen before. Many thanks

  2. [...] link to where I shared it on Google+, and if you can’t open it it’s likely because my Google+ account still baffles me. Cancel [...]

  3. My first day on google+ I saw a post about this and a link to the service, so my google+ profile link is simply http://gplus.to/AndyCoats

    But probably could’ve just used bit.ly also… But don’t bother making them look pretty, cuz when you post them on Twitter they’ll just render as t.co/%$#.89gh or something obscure anyway

    Good luck
    Andy

  4. According to gplus.to your G+ Id is registered. Someone else has Claire D, but I’m sure you picked another username.

    It’s probably gplus.to/IHateThisPlace or something like that.

  5. I just love the hashtag #lesigh.

    Your points are all well taken and this probably does not get at what you are looking for but put this in your browser and let me know what you think.

    http://bit.ly/tweet4good

    Great question!

  6. I have a Google account for every google product. I’d like Google to allow me to merge my accounts! I do not want to keep an account for adwords, Google+/Plus, Gmail, Docs and so on. I wonder if they do that so they can claim inflated number of customers…

    • I’d like to be able to merge two different accounts also — maiden name and married name with various google products make my head spin as I log in and out;(

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