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Storm
04-10-2015, 06:03 PM
The automatically generated profile link doesn't work for YouTube. Actually, the whole YouTube user linking is a big mess.

After setting up Google+ I was told I can create a unique link with a unique name. The format is:

http://plus.google.com/+UNIQUENAME
https://www.youtube.com/c/UNIQUE_NAME

In my case:
https://plus.google.com/+StormEngineer
https://www.youtube.com/c/StormEngineer

Supplying StormEngineer as Google+ user works as intended. For YouTube, however, the following link is generated:
https://www.youtube.com/user/StormEngineer

THAT IS SOMEONE ELSE! It's NOT me!

The correct formats are:
/c/UNIQUE_NAME
/channel/CHANNEL_ID
/user/USER_ID

Interestingly, QUSTOM_NAME, CHANNEL_ID and USR_ID are three different things that are not interchangeable in any combination, only the three strict combinations above seem to work.

Lagos
04-17-2015, 05:51 AM
Thanks for reporting this.

I think the issue here is how YouTube represents Google+ linked usernames differently than YouTube-specific usernames. I'm not sure there's a good way to support one class without breaking the links for the other. Until there's a good solution, you may have to use custom profile links to link to Google+ associated YouTube users.

Storm
04-18-2015, 10:16 PM
The whole thing is a mess now on Google's side.

Probably what you could do is have the user enter a full URL, and then recognize the pattern (/channel/, /user/ or /c/ ) and then process it accordingly into a nice link. At least that's what I would do. :)

piņardilla
04-19-2015, 01:26 AM
The whole thing is a mess now on Google's side.

Probably what you could do is have the user enter a full URL, and then recognize the pattern (/channel/, /user/ or /c/ ) and then process it accordingly into a nice link. At least that's what I would do. :)

...How is that functionally different than the current custom profile link support, though?

Socks the Fox
04-19-2015, 12:36 PM
If anything I would completely do away with the "XYZ site profile" fields, and make it a "I am ___ on ___ [link: ___]" form to add arbitrary sites. Bonus: if a new site comes along and gets popular, no having to update databases or page layouts to add it!