Whether you use Twitter for personal or professional use, most people recommend that you use both your first name and last name in your Twitter username. But using your name isn’t always possible. What if your name has already been taken? Or if your name is too long? Don’t worry, read on.
If you have chosen a bad name when you signed up with Twitter, change it as soon as possible and if you are new to the service, I suggest you take some time and get a good username. With Twitter’s rapid growth it’s probably already too late to get the name you want for your Twitter profile. But don’t give up and settle for some crap name. As I will show you below, there’s always something to come up with.
If your preferred username is taken or you don’t want to use your name, be creative. Make it meaningful. Make it funny. Make it easy to read and remember! Do something that interests us. It will pay off. But don’t use any bad words in your name.
Ideally, if your name is John Smith, your Twiter username should be @JohnSmith. But, if you desired username is already in use, Twitter allows underscore, characters and numbers in your username, if you need them. I will use the name John Smith to show you a few different ways of creating a Twitter username. Keep in mind that a Twitter username can only be 15 characters long.
A few ideas to create a good Twitter username
- Put last name first: @SmithJohn
- Use underscore: @John_Smith, @Smith_John
- Middle name initial: @JohnFSmith
- Use “I” or “I am”: @IamJohn, @iJohn
- Use a title: @DrJohnSmith, @MrJohnSmith
- First initial and last name: @JSmith, @SmithJ
- First name and last initial: @JohnS, @SJohn
- Name and description of what you do: @ReporterSmith
- Add a question to your name: @WheresJohn
- Nickname and your name: @JonnySmith, @JoSmith
- Name and a number: @John75
- Use a modifier to imply authenticy: @TheJohnSmith, @RealJohnSmith
- A combination of the above: @IamRealDrSmith, @Jo_The_Reporter
Do not use underscores at the start or at the end of the username (@JohnSmith_), it looks suspicious. People may think you are pretending to be that other person without the underscore.
Do not look like a bot. Don’t make a name such as @Free_eBooks. Most people will think you’re a bot or a scammer. And it doesn’t tell us anything about you.
It’s worth mentioning that your username is also your web address on Twitter, so if you change your username any links from other websites to your old messages will stop working. So, if you have thousands of followers and have built a good Twitter brand with not so perfect username, it would probably be better to keep it as it is.
I hope these ideas helped you with creating a better Twitter username. If you come up with any more tips, please do leave a comment.