Your Life, Your Blog: Your Twitter Name

This is going to be a quick tip today for bloggers and then get straight to your posts! Choosing a Twitter name can be one of the most grueling processes, unless you just get a stroke of genius.  Here are a few thing I would consider when coming up with your name:

  1. Branding is important.  Make sure that your name somehow ties in with your blog or business.
  2. It’s great if you can also include your real name in there somewhere.
  3. Make sure it’s not too long.  I would say under 15 characters is essential.
  4. Make it memorable.

Some great names I’ve seen are:

  • @AngelaAtHP (Angela, well… at HP)
  • @Multitaskingme (Melissa Smallwood- Multitasking Mom)
  • @ChatterboxCGC (Christie Crowder.com- Chatterbox BTR Show)

You CAN change your name and keep your followers!  A few things to remember with this:

  • Tell your followers at least once a day for a few days, “I have a new name @newname, Used to be @oldname”
  • Keep your avatar photo the same for a while till people get used to the name.

I changed my name to “@RealLifeSarah” when I decided I needed to work on consisitent branding. I wanted people to know my real name, but associate my twitter account to my blog.  Jo-Lynne of Musings of a Housewife just changed her name from “@dcrmom” (her former nickname) to @JoLynneMusings.  I think that was a brilliant move!

So whether you’ve been tweeting with a name you’re unhappy with, or have yet to set up an account, you’re never stuck!  It’s not to late to improve your branding and relatability!

By the way, did you know that when you comment on my blog, you can add your twitter name below the comment? What to try it out?  (tee hee)

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Now, link up any post you want to promote!  Let’s read, comment, tweet and stumble!  Just be sure to add a link back here in your post, so others can join in!


About Sarah Pinnix

I'm a mom, blogger, vlogger, libertarian. I love Jesus, and my husband, too. Social Media Strategist for a Non-Profit (All statements here are solely my own)

Comments

  1. Cathy Herard
    Twitter: CathyIsReal
    says:

    Oh, great post Sarah! I have toyed with this for a while. I didn’t take Twitter seriously enough back when I first joined in 2008 and just used frugalgirl for the fun of it. I am the point I don’t even like it anymore. 🙁 I really wanted to make a switch to something that inlcudes my name, but in a fun/sassy sort of way….since that’s how I roll! Thanks for the tips!
    Cathy
    .-= Cathy Herard´s last blog ..Meatless Monday =-.

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    Reply:

    So if I were picking a neam for you, I would pick something like, “GreenGirlCathy” or “greenNOTcrunchy” to play on your funny bio.

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    Cathy
    Twitter: CathyIsReal
    Reply:

    Thanks Sarah! I love your ideas. I need a good brainstorming session….I would really like to make a change very soon so all my followers could get used to the new name before BlogHer(when I get to meet so many in person!) 🙂

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  2. Alicia
    Twitter: aliciamarie112
    says:

    I would love to change my twitter name but my blog name is too long so that’s why I haven’t…
    .-= Alicia´s last blog ..Menu Plan Monday (3/22/10) =-.

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    Reply:

    What about “Time4Alicia” or “TimeForAlicia” or something? Just brainstorming… 🙂

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  3. Muthering Heights
    Twitter: MutheringHeight
    says:

    Great tips, as usual1 🙂
    .-= Muthering Heights´s last blog ..All Along =-.

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  4. Sandy Jenney
    Twitter: OrganizerSandy
    says:

    I actually wanted OrganizewithSandy for my twitter name. To keep it consistent with my blog. but you can’t have over 14 letters in your twitter handle. So I came up with OrganizerSandy.
    I considered using my name but my last name is Jenney and people always forget the 2nd “e” in the name. So I knew it would be spelled wrong. I also wanted to have some of my branding in my name.
    Thanks for the post. I so often hear that you should only use your real name for your twitter handle and I think many times that can be great…but I also think it doesn’t always have to be that way.
    .-= Sandy Jenney´s last blog ..Spring Cleaning – The Refrigerator =-.

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  5. Ginger
    Twitter: Here\'s My Cup Lord
    says:

    Great info Sarah!
    .-= Ginger´s last blog ..This Just In… =-.

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  6. I don’t ‘twitter’, I don’t ‘tweet’, I don’t ‘IM’, but I do have a facebook account, use emails, and have a blog. According to our sons, “that’s pretty good for someone your age mom” …. smart alics! o;-p

    There is an old saying “what’s in a name?” The answer is TONS!!! So when we pick screen names, or blog names, or any other name we are to be associated with, we best pick carefully!
    .-= Cheryl B.´s last blog .."Pick a tip, any tip (’09)" =-.

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  7. Amy
    Twitter: AmyThue
    says:

    Great post. I have two blogs that I work on so I just stuck to @AmyThue . . . I have toyed with having a different one, but for now I am just branding my name I guess.
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Inheritance =-.

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  8. Cathy
    Twitter: CathyIsReal
    says:

    I wish I had just used my name from the beginning, Amy. At least there isn’t an automatic “label” when you choose something that later you aren’t happy with, like myself choosing frugalgirl. I now have frugalgirl in so many places, it would take a while to change it over, but it just doesn’t speak to what I am really about. This post has certainly got me thinking seriously! 🙂
    .-= Cathy´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – Free Range Chickens! =-.

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  9. Heather
    Twitter: HeathersHiding
    says:

    This will be my first year participating in ubp10 and I came across this blog via twitter 🙂 Nice to meet you 🙂
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..A lesson to always use the strap! =-.

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