Earlier today we showed off our new, more organized profile pages
. Now, we’ve rolled out a set of changes that will help them become more discoverable and more easy to share with others.
To make them easier to share, we’ve added a ShareThis
link to every profile page. ShareThis is a great widget that will allow you or those who visit your profile to share it over a large number of social bookmarking sites, via email, or on a blog with a single click. We’ve also added a “tweet about me” link, which loads up a ready-made tweet about your profile in Twitter, with links to both your DandyID profile and your Twitter user name. On Friday, the “tweet about me” link will automatically add the #FollowFriday hashtag (for more about Follow Friday, check out this Mashable post).
We’ve also spent a bit of time this evening doing some basic search engine optimization work to our profile and tags pages in order to make user profiles more easily discovered. To that end, one of the most important things we did was create simplified vanity URLs, such as this one for DandyID co-founder Arron Kallenberg: http://www.dandyid.org/id/arronkallenberg.
You can lock in your vanity URL by setting your user name on the edit user profile page. We’ve often talked about how DandyID solves the problem of online identity dispersion by collecting together all of your social profiles. Another problem created by online identity dispersion is lack of identity ownership. Owning your online identity — so that when people try to find you online they find the real, verifiable you — is a difficult problem. DandyID can help with that, as well, and locking in your user name in order to get the SEO benefits of a named URL is an important step in how we can help you do it.
The new user name URL schema is also helpful for figuring out where users exist on other web sites, because now you can ask DandyID to send you directly to a specific social profile for any user as long as you know that user’s name. For example: http://www.dandyid.org/id/arronkallenberg/twitter.