12 November 2019 12:50
Google is now letting users create customized short URLs for Google My Business listings. Google is calling these custom URLs "short names" and it appears only some businesses have access to them at the moment. However, it's definitely more than just a test feature because a help center article already exists for it. Ben Fisher shared an example on Twitter. You can see at the bottom right corner of his screenshot where he set his short name to 'SteadyDemand.' New: Shortnames for GMB Profiles – Think of this as more than vanity URL's, this is an easy way to share your profile and much better than a string of digits.
A shortname is between 5-32 characters. #localseo @rustybrick pic.twitter.com/drqL8z1OlZ — Ben Fisher (@TheSocialDude) April 16, 2019 After creating a short name, a GMB profile can be accessed directly by going to "g.page/[yourcustomname]". You can also solicit reviews by appending '/review/' at the end of the URL, which would look like "g.page/[yourcustomname]/review/" This makes it exceptionally easy to promote the URL, and easy for customers to type into a browser's address bar. Google's help center article states that short names are only available to verified businesses. Again, even most verified businesses do not have access yet.
If you find you're not happy with your short name you can always change it, but it can only be changed 3 times per year so be careful. It's nice to see Google offering this kind of feature, especially after shutting down its own 'Goo.gl' URL shortener last year. GMB hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid and newsreader Sophie Raworth joined Jeremy Bowen for lunch after his shock bowel cancer diagnosis. The Middle East correspondent, 59, is currently undergoing treatment after having surgery to remove a tumour. Instagram 4 Piers Morgan, Susanna Reid and Sophie Raworth went for lunch with Jeremy Bowen Piers wrote next to the photo: "Fabulous lunch at my favourite restaurant @cambiodetercio with three of my best TV buddies." To her left, Jeremy grinned for the photo with a hand resting on his friend's shoulder. most read in tv & showbiz Exclusive DANI BAGS NEW MAN Dani Dyer hugs & snogs new fella - who has bag of suspicious white powder tram share Peter Kay pictured for the first time in a year during Blackpool day out 'BUNNY HOP' Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner makes crude joke about Arya Stark's sex scene HANA, CROSS? Brooklyn Beckham breaks down during emotional chat with girlfriend Hana Cross Exclusive OLL YOU NEED IS LOVE Olly Murs starts dating Love Island beauty Zara McDermott SUPER SNOOPER Line of Duty adds major new character for final two episodes of series five Rex Features 4 Jeremy and Sophie presented BBC Breakfast together in back in 2000 The BBC journalist revealed his bowel diagnosis on BBC Breakfast, which he used to present with Sophie, and urged people not to "die of embarrassment" over getting tested. "I went to hospital for a couple of days but they didn't say it was cancer, they said it was scar tissue from a previous operation. "I had no symptoms but thought I should get a test, it came back positive. BBC 4 Jeremy has reported from some of the scariest war-torn places in the world PA:Press Association 4 Jeremy has spoken candidly about his bowel cancer and urges people to get tested and not "die of embarrassment" "It's not the thing you choose but I'm confident that I'm getting very good medical treatment and I'll be OK." Jeremy also said if the cancer had been caught later, it would have been a lot more serious. He added: "The key thing is to get tested. I've told all my friends to get to their doctors for a test. "Bowels and poo are not the normal things people want to talk about, but actually it's part of all our lives. Piers Morgan started shouting at an anti-Brexit protestor through a megaphone today after they ruined another political segment on Good Morning Britain. Activist Steve Bray (AKA Mr. Stop Brexit) has been interrupting GMB correspondent Ranvir Singh for months by repeatedly shouting over her outside Parliament. So Morgan decided it was time to get some revenge on the protestor by giving him the exact same treatment. Picking up the megaphone, Morgan asked to speak directly to Mr. Stop Brexit and shouted: "Alright Steve. Shut up about Brexit. Be quiet about Brexit. "You're not going to stop it. Alright Steve? Ruining your morning." Bray couldn't appear to hear anything Morgan was saying, but he was fully aware that the camera was pointing at him. "Yes, you!" shouted Morgan. "Ruining every single one of our news broadcasts." Bray still couldn't hear anything, but that didn't stop him shouting back anyway, causing co-hosts Susanna Reid and Kate Garraway to fall about laughing. I have a bigger megaphone than yours Steve. Right now you are being out-megaphoned," continued Morgan. Giggling, Reid teased Morgan that his megaphone wasn't actually bigger than Bray's, but it was certainly louder. Morgan couldn't then help but laugh when Bray randomly called out: "Revoke Article 50!" The GMB host then playfully shouted: "Shut up!" Yesterday on the morning show, illusionist and self-proclaimed psychic Uri Geller unveiled his plans to bend Theresa May's mind into cancelling Brexit, claiming he made her Prime Minister with the help of Winston Churchill's old spoon. This article first appeared on Yahoo