It seems everyone on the web loves social networks but hates the long convoluted profile addresses they give us. Many measures have been used to rectify this issue, with a lot of people using URL shortening services like TinyURL or bit.ly to make short versions of their profile links. Sites like SocialToo even allow you to register a subdomain that will redirect users to your various social networks. Well, neither solution was elegant enough for me so I decided to roll my own pretty profile URLs.
How did I do it?
Simple, I just registered a few short domain names with my first name in it and redirected those domains to my various social networks.
For a meager seven bucks a year atwww.GoDaddy.com
and five minutes of work, you too can have the prettiest social network profile links on the web.
After buying three domains and setting up 301 redirects to my social media pages, my profile URLs went from:
to the much prettier and easier to remember (especially with my crazy Polish surname):
Each of those three domains will take you directly to my twitter, linkedin, and facebook profiles (respectively). Much easier than telling people to google Adam Pieniazek (though I can still tell people to hit up adamp.com for super ease of use).
Reactions so far to my pretty profile links
Now, instead of looking for me based on my real name, which is tough to remember and even tougher to spell I can give you one of the above URLs, depending on your preferred social network. I’ve already attended a few events where I simply put one of these simple links on my name tag and got a great reception to the idea. Lots of people immediately say they’re doing the same with their name once they get home. So, hurry up and get your own personal pretty social profile links before they’re all gone!