Google offered me a custom URL, but it's not significantly easier to type than the number string:
google.com/+TorbenGundtofteBruun is still longer than the one I currently use:
torben.g-b.dk/+ so I requested to use my online handle that I use practically everywhere: google.com/+torbengb. This request was denied today (see below) but it doesn't state any reason so I don't know what alternatives I could try. Of course I've already googled for answers but didn't find useful information.

Can anybody shed some light on the matter?

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  • maybe somebody has already claimed the url ?
    – Shekhar
    Commented Dec 12, 2013 at 16:01
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    @Shakehar you didn't even try it before you commented, did you? Commented Dec 12, 2013 at 19:41
  • I was at my work place where social networks don't work, that's the reason its a comment :), still maybe some Google plus engineer shares your initials and has reserved it for himself but hasn't gotten around to creating it ;)
    – Shekhar
    Commented Dec 13, 2013 at 2:27
  • try using HTTPS - that can sometimes bypass restrictions Commented Dec 13, 2013 at 10:19
  • naah, that might work for high schools not here :)
    – Shekhar
    Commented Dec 13, 2013 at 15:41

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It seems that Google is currently denying all custom url claims, even though they pretend to give you a choice. See the top comment on th post introducing the option in the first place.

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