Often people don’t know what to use when picking a username for their Twitter (and other online social networks or websites), so I have written a few tips that I recommend you follow when thinking of a username:
- Try to use your name
If you can I always recommend picking a username that is just your name or parts of your name as this is something you will never change. It is also very memorable for friends and people who know you.
- Don’t use other people’s names
You might thing to use a celebrities name in your username. Don’t. This might cause confusion and you do not want to be accused as posing as someone else. If, for example, you chose to put your favourite artist in your username this would not be recommended as if your opinion of them were to change you would regret your username.
- Keep it relevant
Don’t pick a totally random name or something that is associate with a small part of your life. If you are going to pick something related to you try and pick something you are really passionate about and that will stay with you for your whole life. You should avoid having a username that you regret or want to change in the future
- Keep it Short
On twitter it is all about the characters so avoid having long names as when people want to send you a message or mention you it will cut down the amount of characters that they have available for their message. The sorter your username the better.
- Make it flow
Picking a name that does not flow and cannot be pronounced easily makes it harder for friends and followers to remember your username. For example, my username flungo can be said as if it were one word. This makes it easier to remember when people want to mention you.
- Avoid numbers and symbols
Numbers and symbols will make your username difficult to remember so avoid using them at all costs. Lots of people add their year of birth to the end of their username if their desired username is taken because it is easy for you to remember but it might not be as easy for your followers to remember when they want to mention you.
- Make it unique
Having a username that is similar to other peoples with only slight variations may cause confusion and result in people sending their tweets to the wrong person.
- Make it quirky
If your username has a bit of quirk to it then people will be more likely to remember it! Try and find something that is relevant yet quirky! You want people to remember your twitter name and for it not to be forgotten. Having a quirky username may also make you seem more fun and interesting to prospective followers!
- Pick something you are happy to stick with
You can change your username on twitter but I strongly recommend against it. In my opinion, you should under no circumstances change your user name. This causes so many problems in the Twitter ecosystem! To start with, friend who don’t know you have changed username may try to contact you using the wrong username and even if they do know you have changed username it is often difficult to remember and takes some time to get used to the change; if you are used to typing one thing in order to get in contact with someone you have to unlearn this and relearn their new username. It also causes problems with Twitter Apps and Statistics. You will sometimes loose data used in some apps and cause problems with yours and other people’s statistics! Pick a good username to begin with and you wont need to change it!