How to Change Your URL on Every Major Social Network

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Getting Started with Creating Customized URLs on All Your Social Profiles

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When somebody asks you to "add them on Facebook," your first reaction might be to type their full name into Facebook's search field. But when 86 different profile matches for your friend's exact name show up, simply asking them what their profile URL is can save you the time and trouble of browsing through search results and squinting at every profile photo to see which one looks most like your friend.

Not all major social networks automatically create profile URLs out of your full name or username by default when you first sign up. In fact, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest are the main social networks that set this up for you automatically.

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The Exceptions: Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest

Your Twitter URL will always be twitter.com/username, your Instagram URL will alway be instagram.com/username, your Tumblr URL will always be username.tumblr.com and your Pinterest URL will always be pinterest.com/username. So if you change your username on any of these social networks, your URL will automatically change as well.

The Ones You Should Probably Change: Facebook, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Vine

Quite surprisingly, some of the most popular social networks don't set your profile URL up for you by default using your full name or username. This is especially true if you've had an existing account since the very early days–like Facebook, for example, which only started notifying users that they could change their profile URLs a few years ago.

You should take a look at the URLs of your Facebook profile, Facebook pages, Google+ profile, YouTube channel, LinkedIn profile and Vine channel. Snapchat also just made it possible for users to share their usernames with new contacts via URL, so you should consider looking into that too.

Why You Should Streamline Your Social Profile URLs

So why is it even important to change your social profile URLs anyway? Does anyone else really care?

Whether they care or not is irrelevant. What really matters is how it helps make your profiles more discoverable. When you change your URL, you'll get to:

Give new contacts an exact URL to connect with you. No more telling people to "look me up on Facebook" and force them to play a guessing game of which profile is yours. You can simply say,"my profile is facebook.com/myname," and they'll be able to find you on the first try.

Rank in the search engines for your name. When somebody searches for your full name or your business name in Google, your profile is more likely to come up as a top result if its URL also includes your full name or business name.

I'll show you the exact steps on how to change your profile URLs for all major social networks discussed above. Follow these slides to see how.

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How to Change Your Profile URL (Username) on Facebook

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Let's start with changing your Facebook profile URL.

Sign in to your account, click the small downward arrow icon in the top right corner of the menu and click Settings from the dropdown menu that appears. You can also visit facebook.com/username and click Edit Username to change it.

Beside the Username option, click Edit. Enter the new username you want to use, which will be displayed in your URL as facebook.com/username and then enter your password to confirm the change.

WARNING: Unlike other social networks, many of which allow you to change your username whenever you want and as any times as you like, Facebook only allows you to do it once. So think carefully about what you want your username and URL to be, because you won't be able to change it again.

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How to Change Your Page URL on Facebook

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Now let's take a look at how to change your URL for a public Facebook page.

Sign in to Facebook and look for the public page in your left sidebar under the Pages section. Note that to be able to change a page's URL, you have to be an administrator of that page first.

Click on your About tab in the menu beneath your header image. Look for the Facebook Web Address option and hover your cursor over it, which should trigger an Edit button to appear to the right of it.

Click Edit, type in the new username you want for your page, check to make sure it's available and confirm it. Once you confirm, your new page URL will be all set up.

WARNING: Like Facebook profile usernames and URLs, you can only change your Facebook URL once. Again, make sure you're certain you really want the username you've chosen, because it's not possible to change it later if you decide you don't like it.

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How to Change Your Profile URL on Google+

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Google+ recently went through a big platform overhaul, now sporting a nifty new Pinterest-like design and functionality with "collections" of links on your profile.

Now, after having a look around the new design, I couldn't for the life of me find an option that let me change my Google+ profile URL. I did, however, figure out how to switch back to the old look, and from there I could change the URL.

If I ever find out how to do this using the new design (or if Google eventually decides to take away the option to switch back to the old look), I will aim to update this information. In the meantime, I'll stick with showing you how to get this done by switching back to the old Google+.

Sign in to your Google+ account and access your profile by clicking your profile photo in the top right corner of the menu and then clicking on the blue Google+ Profile link in the dropdown box. If your profile has already been switched over to the new design, you'll know it, because it looks very different.

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In the lower left corner of your profile, you should see some very small text with a link that says Back to classic G+. Click that to switch back to the old look.

Now you can go ahead and click on the About tab on your profile, located in the menu beneath your header image. Scroll down until you find the section labeled Links and click Edit at the bottom of that section.

A pop-up will appear over your profile and the first thing you should see there is a field where you can customize your Google+ URL. Type your new URL into the field, scroll down and hit Save.

Your new Google+ profile URL will be plus.google.com/u/0/+XXXXXXX where XXXXXX is the new name or phrase that you chose.

How to Change Your Page URL on Google+

If you run a business page on Google+, you can change its URL as well. To do this, sign in to Google My Business, and using the new Google+ design, click on the menu tab in the top left corner of your screen to bring up a list of options so you can select the right page you want. (You can do this by clicking All brand pages and then clicking Manage page on the page you need to access.)

Click on the red Edit button in the top right corner of your page manager. At time of writing, Google+ reverts back to the old layout for some reason when showing your page to you, so keep in mind that as you're reading this, these instructions could be outdated.

If you do see the old layout for your Google+ page, you'll be able to take a similar approach to changing the URL as you did with doing it for your personal Google+ profile. Click the About tab found in the menu beneath your header image and look for the Get URL link under the Get your custom URL option.

If you don't see this anywhere on your About tab, then that means your page isn't eligible for selecting its URL just yet. Try customizing your profile with more photos or information, adding links to your collections and adding users to your Circles.

In time, your Google+ page will eventually be eligible for a URL change.

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How to Change Your Channel URL on YouTube

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Depending on when and how you set up your YouTube channel, you may already have a custom channel URL without knowing it yet.

Here's how to check: Just sign in to your YouTube account and access your advanced settings by clicking your profile photo in the top menu, clicking the gear icon in the dropdown box and then clicking on "Advanced" beneath your name and email on the next page.

If you already have a custom URL, which I apparently do and probably set up by accident when connecting my Google+ account to it back in the day, then it will show up there. It doesn't appear that you can change your URL if it's set up already.

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If you don't have one, you'll be able to select a link to claim as your URL under Channel settings. YouTube will show you a list of URLs you've been approved for in the Get a custom URL box, which you can't change entirely, but you can add some extra letters or numbers to make it more unique.

Agree to the terms and click Change URL. Your new YouTube URL will be youtube.com/c/XXXXXX or even just youtube.com/XXXXXX where XXXXXX is the name or phrase you set up.

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How to Change Your Profile URL on LinkedIn

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Changing your LinkedIn URL is actually quite easy, and you're allowed to change your URL up to five times over a period of 180 days.

To change your LinkedIn profile URL, sign in to your account and go to your profile page. Beneath your profile photo, you should see the current link that leads to your profile. When you roll your cursor over this, a gear icon will appear beside it, which you can click on.

Once you click on this gear icon, you'll be able to edit your profile URL in the right sidebar. Enter the URL you want and then click save.

Your new LinkedIn URL can be accessed by visiting linkedin.com/in/XXXXXX where XXXXXX is the name or phrase that you chose.

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How to Change Your Profile URL on Vine

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Vine is mainly accessed via its mobile apps, but you can use it on the desktop web too. If you ever want to visit a specific user's profile by plugging their URL into your browser, it's obviously helpful if they've set up a custom URL already.

To set yours up, visit Vine.co on the desktop and sign in to your account. Roll your cursor over the small profile photo in the very top right of your screen and click Settings from the dropdown.

Now scroll all the way down the page until you see a Custom URL option. Click the green Set URL button and put the name or phrase you want in the given field. Click Confirm when you're done.

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Note: Not all Vine profiles are eligible to set up a custom URL. Mine actually isn't, and that's probably because I've never posted any of my own Vine videos. According to Vine's FAQs, your account must be older than 30 days and you must have posted at least two of your own Vine videos to be able to set up a custom URL.

When you do set up your custom URL, you'll be able to visit your own Vine profile in a web browser by going to vine.co/XXXXXX where XXXXXX is the name or phrase that you chose.

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How to Share Your Snapchat Username URL with New Contacts

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Snapchat is one of the latest major social networks that has jumped on the custom URL bandwagon. While you can't exactly plug a URL into a web browser to see a user's profile, you can at least share a link through the app to make it easier for new contacts to add you.

Open up the Snapchat app on your mobile device and access the camera tab. Swipe down to pull down your Snapcode screen and tap Add Friends. On the following tab, tap the last option, Share Username.

Your device will pull up a selection of apps you can use to share your username, such as Twitter, Facebook Messenger, text message, email and so on. When you select an app to send your username, Snapchat will automatically paste the link to your username in your message.

When new contacts see the link from the tweet you posted or the message you sent them, they'll be able to tap it from a mobile device and it will prompt their Snapchat app to open up a preview of your profile so that they can add you. Keep in mind that this all has to be done from a mobile device since Snapchat can't be used at all on the desktop web.

Your Snapchat URL will be snapchat.com/add/XXXXXX where XXXXXX is your username.

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