Twitter User Names: How did you Come Up With Yours?

Time for a little discussion.

I’m interested today to hear about how people came up with their Twitter user name?

My personal approach with @problogger was to use the brand and name of my blog (of the same name). I know many others have taken this approach, with their blog, website, business, product etc while others choose their actual name (or some variation of it). Others still use nick names while others invent names that they’ve not used before – just for Twitter.

How did you choose your Twitter user name? What considerations did you weigh up in that choice?

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  • January 1, 2009

    I guess I’m a little boring. I just used my name as my twitter name.

  • January 1, 2009

    I chose @drewSaysGoVeg, a combination of my name and the focus of my writing, vegetarian news. That way people see me as an individual, but also easily recognize that my tweets will be about vegetarianism. I think it encourages people who don’t know me personally to follow me.

  • January 1, 2009

    I use my business and web page name.
    It reflects the parts of Australia I work in. A German cyclist and myself brainstormed it one night in Alice springs in late 2001

  • January 1, 2009

    Originally I chose a variation of my name then setup a new account with the name of my new blog which is what I use now, but would like to change back to a variation of my name.

    I am now running more than one site and I don’t want my Twitter account just to be associated with that first blog.

    Currently trying to convince Twitter to release @roger which hasn’t been updated since it was created.

    http://twitter.com/styletime

  • January 1, 2009

    I used http://www.twitter.com/craigmcgill as I got into Twitter to try it for personal reasons. It’s now 50/50 work/personal but I’m as well keeping it going with that name as that’s the one that’s built up the following.

    For the Scottish poet and writer Robert Burns – I tweet his work on a daily basis – I was forced to use http://www.twitter.com/ayrshirebard because all the Robert Burns names were taken!

  • January 1, 2009

    I have a standard Web2.0 brand name that I use for all my signing of blog posts, so I thought I’d carry that to twitter and created @joshfinnie.

    As for my other twitter name, I created one much like @problogger and used the name of the program (@140plus.). Granted I don’t use this twitter name enough (or at all yet), but I think it is important to get a twitter name that expresses who you are or what you do!

    Luckily I got both…

  • January 1, 2009

    I used my name for my personal. http://www.twitter.com/stevekrzysiak

    For my work twitter, I setup our shortened work name, but then I saw that two key search terms(for our business) combined were available on twitter, so I setup that account and it is our active one.

    With the latter, many more people find us, since they are searching for one or the other, so it seems.

  • January 1, 2009

    I thought I would just use a variation of my name – @mmmarce. I don’t have a company and my minute-old blog hardly has any followers so that wouldn’t work.

  • January 1, 2009

    I used ckluis for my personal twitter account because thats what I have used for my emails and myspace, facebook, linkedin, etc.

    I figured ckluis was good because it is very “googleable,” and differentiated enough from my name that professional searches for my name vs. my twitter yield slightly different results.

    I used mintek for my business twitter account because thats the name of our company. I haven’t used this much yet, and won’t until our website is relaunched next year, but I wanted to hold it.

  • January 1, 2009

    @steitiyeh / it’s my family name and almost used for 90% of my online accounts, i just got used it!!

  • January 1, 2009
    bcultral

    I am launching 3 websites, 2 blogs and I have twitter,facebook and myspace identities for all. I am not a blogger but will soon be!

  • January 1, 2009

    My approach was the same as yours. Use the name of my website, treslola. I wanted to make sure it was easy for my readers to find me and have used ‘treslola’ as my user name across the social media websites.

  • January 1, 2009

    Sometimes I joke and say I’m being unoriginal with my name on Twitter and other social networking sites. I’m JenNipps just about everywhere. I started out online using a pseudonym (“jyndral” – actually a character in an unfinished novel). Not long after, I decided I’d rather be known as me for writing and some other purposes. I prefer to go by Jen as opposed to Jenifer, so “JenNipps” I was — and am — in many places online.

    Best,
    ~Jen
    (@jennipps on Twitter)

  • January 1, 2009

    Same as you did, I used the name of my website. URL = http://www.improvingtheweb.com – Twitter = improvingtheweb

    Simple and easy :)

  • January 1, 2009

    I started with my name (@csilvermanmd) but @sernovitz told me it was “boring” and didn’t ellicit what I was doing on twitter. than changed to @TheLASIKDoc, kinda says it all, doesn’t it?

  • January 1, 2009

    My name is a nickname of my nickname. I’m DJ, but most people shorten it to deege. It stuck and I use @deege as my twitter name. I wanted to give my twitter name a personal touch instead of naming it after my blog incase I create new blogs or go a different direction.

  • January 1, 2009
    direstraits94

    My tweet user name was based first on one of my favorite bands. But it also served as my view of where the state of our world is. Once I decide on the specific direction I will take my social media efforts, I might change it to a more branded user name (or just adopt another account.) I know, it’s a bit dismal but one hopes for a turnaround in 2009.

  • January 1, 2009

    @sistagp is the same as my blog identity

  • January 1, 2009

    Hi,
    My Twitter name is WebOptimization .

    Now that I think of it I would’ve preferred to use my own name but this is life and we are the consequnce of our actions. When I chose to use this username I thought that since I’m offering SEO related services it would be good to have an ID that transmits that in some way.

    Of course that when I started to use Twitter I didn’t really knew what was all about or how to use it to market my services. In time I’ve learned that Twitter is much more then a marketing platform and as an advice for those who don’t know exactly what Twitter is they should give a second thought before they chose a username and dive into posting.

    Thank you !

  • January 1, 2009

    You Know Problogger, just like you I grew up with this handle from since before the internet when we had BBS ( Bulletin Board Systems). I made up my nickname from Star Trek (Geordie LaForge) and I made a variation on that (Laforge129) and I grew up with it all this time. It’s one way to find me and other way to know that people can find me through the internet. I like it because I’ve been a Sci-Fiction fan ever since I was a small child. It suites me and it’s kinda like a brand name for me.

  • January 1, 2009

    My twitter username is the same basename of my website http://www.ticoit.com. The overall idea is to use it everywhere so the name is distributed across the web (domain name, email, twitter, facebook, etc.)
    To no surprise a quick google search for my username shows twitter related results first.

  • January 1, 2009

    Easy question, I am Ahmed Naguib, an 18 years old Egyptian blogger, and I picked my name @ahmednaguib to be my Twitter username because its a unique name and using my real name I make Twitter more personal.
    Thanks!

  • January 1, 2009

    Like you, I wanted to stick with my online identity, which has marked by my blog ‘heyjude’. Sadly ‘heyjude’ was gone for twitter, but i have also used ‘heyjudeonline’ and that fits well with…well, being online!! I use that for a few different social networking sites now!

  • January 1, 2009

    Simple decision for me. I wanted to publicize the blog, which is http://www.mikeslife.org so I simply added the word blog so that people knew what it was – hence I’m @mikeslifeblog The added benefit is that people know my name as well, so they call me Mike. Do they call you pro? lol!

  • January 1, 2009

    @qeek is my official nickname :)

  • January 1, 2009

    Ooops – pleas feel free to moderate “out” the link I posted – didn’t really think about it, but not sure it’s good etiquette- sorry!

  • January 1, 2009

    I really didn’t put a lot of thought into it, I read one of your first Twitips, thought I would check it out and used the name of my latest blog as I think you suggested in your article. Since I was working hard to promote this new blog (just 3+ months old), it seemed best to use that name to help increase exposure. Since another one of my blogs is Frugal Baby Tips, the name turned out to work for both.

  • January 1, 2009

    I used my own name with my initial and my dad’s initial. jithinkr is my twitter name. My dad’s name is K.Rajeev. I took the k and r and added to my own name. I felt it cool when my friends see this name, which also is my handle and interpret it as “i, thinkr” (i, thinker like i, robot). Cool Na!

  • January 1, 2009

    Had I thought more about it, i would have gone with my name, JeanneMcCann, but ended up with mccannjl. my blog name is insanely long…come to think of it, aren’t there length restrictions on names?

    anyway, at least people i know have a shot at finding me this way.

    great question though!

  • January 1, 2009

    i mean, ended up with @mccannjl

  • January 1, 2009

    Too bad I can’t even spell my own name! LOL

  • January 1, 2009

    My mom and dad came up with the Tracy, I married the OConnor. Heh. I actually signed up for an account under IHMMB which is the abbreviation for my blog and forums (I Hate My Message Board) but haven’t used that account. I might in the future if more of my users start using Twitter.

    I decided to go with my name as I am using Twitter to network and want people to know me for me and not be 100% associated with the sites I am currently running.

  • January 1, 2009

    I’ve gone by nhprman for a long time. It stands for New Hampshire Public Relations Man. So that’s what I went with on Twitter (follow at @nhprman).

    An alternative was AbbottPR after abbottpr.com, my company, but I made the decision that it would be best to go with the handle by which everyone knows me.

    Great post idea!

    Stephen A.

  • January 1, 2009

    I’ve recently changed my twittername to reflect the name of my blog.

    I’ve been on twitter since April 2007 as wizard1974uk.

    I chose wizard because I like fantasy/magical shows, the middle part is the year I was born and the last part is the country I was born and currently live in.

  • January 1, 2009

    I used my name for a number of reasons: 1) I’m a book author, so people would (hopefully) recognize my name; 2) I’m a freelance editor and content writer working solo, so clients are hiring me; 3) I use my name for my website and my blog is “More Meredith Gould,” and 4) Easy to remember my own name…for now!

  • January 1, 2009

    freqman24 – (frequency 24 MEU)
    Mine was a callsign I used in the Marine Corps, as a radio operator, most people get the wrong idea:)

  • January 1, 2009
    Paul Kelly

    pk500 is my Twitter name.

    pk = my initials
    500 = Indianapolis 500, the world’s greatest sporting event

    That’s it!

  • January 1, 2009

    @Loreen72 – my first name and the last two digits of the year I was born. Seriously and originally clever I know!!!

  • January 1, 2009

    My name is Victory Waters but I my current TWITTER name is Mamatokbox. I do have a Victory Waters account but it was suspended because I clicked FOLLOW too many times in a timeframe. I had to create another account and used the name MAMATOKBOX because that’s what I have been dubbed on TOKBOX. Apparently they think I am an asset to the site offering dating advice and world advice to all. My specialty is with youth. I have a childlike spirit with adulthood experience so it works. Check my official site at: and SUBSCRIBE to my columns on . Thanks, Victory Waters 212-845-9933

  • January 1, 2009

    My name is Victory Waters but I my current TWITTER name is Mamatokbox. I do have a Victory Waters account but it was suspended because I clicked FOLLOW too many times in a timeframe. I had to create another account and used the name MAMATOKBOX because that’s what I have been dubbed on TOKBOX. Apparently they think I am an asset to the site offering dating advice and world advice to all. My specialty is with youth. I have a childlike spirit with adulthood experience so it works. Check my official site at: HTTP://www.victorywaters.com and SUBSCRIBE to my columns on http://www.examiner.com/x-1256-Atlanta-dating-examiner . Thanks, Victory Waters 212-845-9933

  • January 1, 2009

    It’s my blog: LOHADdotcom

    LOHAD is also my license plate — it stands for “Land of Hope and Dreams,” one of my all-time favorite Bruce Springsteen songs. Lyrics are here:

    http://www.brucespringsteen.net/songs/LandOfHopeAndDreams.html

    I have a second name I use on Twitter, but it’s an alter ego so I’m not saying ;-)

    Happy New Year, everyone! Here are 11 things to keep in mind during the 12 months ahead:

    http://www.lohad.com/?p=2071

  • January 1, 2009

    @smbush is my initials and last name, at the time I first signed up with twitter I didn’t really know what I was doing and wasn’t sure I would actually use it.

    Now I struggle with changing it or adding a twitter accounts with blog names for branding.
    Will my followers follow the change?

  • January 1, 2009

    Most of my usernames are “neverborn” which is from The Wheel Of Time series by Robert Jordan. The neverborn is a word the wolves in the books have for certain kinds of creatures. On the metalstorm.ee boards, one of my real life friends made fun of me by calling me The Nevernerd because well, I’m a total nerd. So now I use that as my backup if neverborn is taken. So I put very little thought into it at all :)

    Obviously for our BeerMagnet twitter account we used our business name.

  • January 1, 2009

    @myrontay because I’m less creative than the next guy. And the only word pun for my name happens to be moro…

  • January 1, 2009

    @dalecruse = Dale Cruse. It’s that simple!

  • January 1, 2009

    I basically have two twitter accounts! I am a sporadic user of the one that uses my blog’s name and a prolific user of the one with my pseudonym. I created an account with my blog’s name for the simple reason that I didn’t want the name to be taken by someone else. And I am rampantheart on all the sites and my name of course is an identity!

  • January 1, 2009

    Mine is based on the name of my blog as well. The blog name came from the necessity of doing whatever it takes to succeed. For me over this last year, I’ve delivered pizza in order to provide added see capital for my offline company.

  • January 1, 2009

    I kept it simple and used my first initial last name. For my purposes, Twitter is for conversations from humans, so I wanted to go with the name approach. However, if the account was for a company or representing a brand, I would go with the simplest form that is as close to the company name or brand.
    @hyermish

  • January 1, 2009

    I got three twitter accounts associated with three brands I own and the one I use the most is my nickname … a derivative of my last name: De Vries –> De Fries –> @defries.

  • January 1, 2009

    I used the handle that I also use for my primary mac.com email — “wordjockey”. I chose this email about 5 years ago when I moved to DC from Kansas City (my old email was KC specific — lesson learned!). I wasn’t able to claim the domain for my website — another writer/editor had it first — but it’s worked well for me as a memorable email that conveys who I am and what I do to new/potential clients, and that my ongoing clients/colleagues find easy to remember. Also, I have an easy-to-misspell last name (most people are used to spelling it without the “o”) and was afraid emails would go missing if I used my full name. I do like that some Twitter clients (I use Twhirl) show you the posters “real name” under the tweet (if they’ve made it public) in addition to their @name — the best of both worlds.

  • January 1, 2009
    Paula @Vagablonde

    I started using @vagablonde strictly for Twitter, and only after I had tried a few other usernames that I hated. It was after the name stuck that I registered the domain and am branding my new travel blog with it. What a spiral.

  • January 1, 2009

    My twitter username is @mathechr. It came from High School, actually. For their attendance code things, they just used the first 5 letters of students’ last names, and tacked on the first three of their first name. When I said it out loud, it sounded like I was saying “massacre” with a lisp. So, it kinda stuck.

  • January 1, 2009

    My name is @idomonday. I was first going to use my name and then decided to try to tie it in to my business. My entire business name couldn’t fit, so I shortened it to the existing name. I’m still wondering if I should’ve just used my own name for this.

  • January 1, 2009
    Jane

    No rocket science here…first name + first 2 letters of last name; something easy for me to remember!

  • January 1, 2009

    I did not think about it, just put my first name together with my family name. In fact I just wanted to show my real name, as I don’t like to hide behind a pen name.

  • January 1, 2009

    “Ramkitten” was/is my trailname, used when hiking the Appalachian Trail and to be used again for the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s how I’m known amongst the long-distance backpacking community, much more than I’m recognized by my real name. (After all, there are a lot of Deb’s out there.)

    My six-month A.T. hike was the best time of my life and one I’ll never tire of remembering or talking and writing about. It’s also the time when I wrote my first novel, usually scribbling at night while lying in my tent while other hikers were already asleep.

    You can see a photo of the real-life critter I’m nicknamed after here.

  • January 1, 2009

    I created my username (@challeng) in a rush. It’s a shortened version if my website because my site has too long of a name. I’m still new enough that I could easily change the my username if I wanted to.

  • January 1, 2009

    I used my full name, Marshall Jones, Jr. to create @marshalljonesjr. It seemed like the logical choice at the time. It gets my name out there a little and most people can find me this way. At the time, I didn’t want to brand my twitter account around any one particular site because I’m still not sure where I’m going with them. I’ll always have my name though.

    Having said that, I just recently (as in yesterday) opened a new account with my blog name, bondChristian. I’m going to use this account exclusively for blog updates though, so it’s a good fit. We’ll see how it all works out down the road.

    - Marshall Jones, Jr.
    (@marshalljonesjr)

  • January 1, 2009

    Digital Skraps is the name of my blog/portfolio/freelance portal and the name that i do my art under most of the time so just kind of made sense. skraps is also my name backwards so i kinda look at it as an alternate actual name in a way.

    i also run twitter.com/cooltweets which i created to relay all the cool stuff i find across the web. it seemed like a really obvious name to use and was kind of shocked it wasnt taken. so i took it :)

  • January 1, 2009

    Hi everybody,

    I use Pixelbug. It’s my alias. While this may not be a dictionary word which one would recognize immediately, it is the name of my brand and how I put myself out there. My real name, Jorge Martinez is way too common. Pixelbug is unique and from the many years that I’ve used it, it’s proved to be quite memorable.

    I’ve seen some pretty interesting names on Twitter. Many which remind me of vanity license plates where one tries to form words with the limited number of characters allowed. Twitter users face the same challenge with the site’s 11 character limit on user names.

    While I appreciate people being creative with their names, I think that they needs to be handled with extreme care. Not too long ago I was working while CNN was on in the background. Don Lemon was reporting @donlemoncnn, and I believe he was discussing the auto bailout and someone via his Twitter feed made a very good comment. I kept listening, waiting for the Twitter name to be announced and looked up to see Don struggling with the name. It was some odd combination of letters and numbers and eventually he ended up butchering it. Not his fault. In the end, I had no idea who the Twitterer was and as a result could not follow. I could have tracked it down via Don’s feed but to me it wasn’t worth the extra effort. Result? A lost connection.

    Today, we should all see ourselves as brands. Social channels have allowed for this to happen and it’s a good thing. Now more than ever, we need to be aware of how we label ourselves. Everyone should pay closer attention to their names online. On Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Domain Names etc. If you want me to remember you, make sure the name sticks. It’s a challenge but it can be done. If you started off with a lousy name. Stop advertising it. Register a new one and tweet a link to your new profile. Design a custom background that says your name has changed. It’s real easy to follow someone so I wouldn’t be too concerned with your followers not wanting to transition to your new and improved Twitter name.

    What do you think?
    http://twitter.com/pixelbug

  • January 1, 2009
    Regina

    I chose my name as I had another Twitter account a family member was following, which stifled my tweeting or wanting to tweet, not because I was being weird or nasty, I just like my life (business and friends) to remain mine. Hence, I chose @velvet_trope as a play on the “velvet rope” (obviously): trope because I’m a writer, and I imagined many tropes (cliches, common phrases) being tweeted (hopefully by others); the “velvet rope” allusion because the account is just that, a velvet rope against the aforementioned. I also felt pressure to be clever, and I’m not certain I like the moniker. I wish Twitter’s blocking worked better. Anyway, I’d love to have feedback.

  • January 1, 2009

    I used my name. Probably better known than aboutfreelancewriting since I just left another blog about writing. At least, that’s what I was thinking at the time.

    AnneWayman

  • January 1, 2009

    My name and my usual SN were both taken, so I opted for my domain. It’s my 3rd choice, but it’s a pretty good 3rd choice.

    twitter.com/moreron

  • January 1, 2009

    My name is far from unique so I went for a unique variation that I’ve been using from a personal branding perspective for some time: BookMarkLee. I love hearing people say it, do it….. ;-)

  • January 1, 2009

    my twitter name is @willhiggins. I chose it because it is my name. I wanted to use twitter as part of my online identity, and I felt that using my real name, while not interesting or creative, is unique, honest and helpful.

  • January 1, 2009

    I’m a big fan of using your real name for everything. My name is DJ Waldow; therefore my handle for everything is “djwaldow.” Clearly this is easier if you have a unique first/last name combo like I do, but….

    I actually think it is confusing if you use something other than your name (i.e., Peter Shankman is @skydiver) unless you have a name like Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee).

    Great comment by @deege. Funny…people call me deege all the time too…ha ha.

    DJ Waldow
    @djwaldow

  • January 1, 2009

    My name on Twitter is Coinblogger after the name of my blog. You can find my Twitter Profile at http://twitter.com/coinblogger .

    If you are interested in coin collecting or investing in coins, I think that you will like my tweets and my blog.

    I also have another Twitter Profile which is my name – http://twitter.com/fredpeters . This is the one I have been using for a long time. I thought that I should separate my coin tweets from my other interests. Do you guys do that too?

  • January 1, 2009

    I just use my name. It is simple and everyone on the Internet knows me by it. I think you should just use what ever you have built your brand around. And that is definitely my first and last name. It doesn’t make sense to use something different then you have built your brand around.

  • January 1, 2009
    choref81

    I was born January 1981 = winter 81.

    Winter in Hebrew is Choref (or Horef)

    Winter81 = Choref81

  • January 1, 2009

    @iamkhayyam – That’s a no brainer. I am Khayyam, I do not eat green eggs and ham, Khayyam I am… ;)

    ;) k~

  • January 1, 2009

    I chose use the address of my blog as my twitter username ( @itsananderson ).

    It isn’t the most interesting name, but I think it fits since both my blog and my twitter account reflect the things that interest me.

  • January 1, 2009
    DavieW

    My nickname, waveydavie, was given to me by a friend at the end of the 1970’s and it stuck

  • January 1, 2009

    I’m @jaettipussi and it’s just the nickname I use for almost everything I do online.

  • January 1, 2009
    lordjeff

    My twitter name is my nick, which i’ve been using since the BBS days when running a medieval bbs.

  • January 1, 2009

    Very simple.. my company name :D

    Happy new year to all!

    Karsten
    @54degrees

  • January 1, 2009

    I used my name. When I started using web email years ago I used a short address but wanted my name out there instead of an abbreviation that had no meaning – bb123 for instance. As I joined various websites through the years I used the abbreviated version instead of my real name because I wanted to standardize on my logins – easier to remember.

  • January 1, 2009

    Well, “Tobias the Adequate” is my performing name, so it wasn’t a big step to use it as my Twitter / Blog / whadever login out of a sense of Brand Identity. I’m just suprised no one else grabbed it first!

  • January 1, 2009

    Mine is the alter ego I have used in business for years – @southplatte I have four domains that all have southplatte in them, so it made sense I guess.

  • January 1, 2009

    I use the name of my blog as the Twitter username, because I mainly blog and tweet about iPhone related stuff. I use my real name in the Twitter profile, because I want to relate to my readership.

    Happy New Year to all of you.
    Joe
    @cutemachine

  • January 1, 2009

    It took many years to come up with my nickname, the second part of it came about after my Mum and Dad got married (to be fair he had it before that). The first part I’m afraid to say was chosen by both my parents at my birth. Never really felt (seriously) changing the names I inherited so if they’re good enough for me then I figure they won’t cause too much offence to anyone else.
    Happy New Year

    Bob - sorry Justin

  • January 1, 2009

    Well in my case my user hame its my name in the web @hectorhenry17 and the other two acounts u have they have the name of my blogs @blinkyit and @thebenchs

  • January 1, 2009
    Scott

    I used my name. I use twitter to build my own personal presence online. I use the name @thescottbishop so folks won’t confuse me with Scott Bishop impersonators. I try to connect with folks that have similar interests and goals. Twitter has been great so far.

    Scott
    @thescottbishop

  • January 1, 2009

    I use my Society of Creative Anachronism name for all online user names it is fairly unique. So my friends, all of them , know my SCA name and usually use that instead of my real name even in face to face communications.

  • January 1, 2009
    Rich

    Mine is richtpt. I started using that back in the BBS days (ya, I’m old). The first half is obvious, my name is Rich. Tpt stands for Trumpet, which I have played all my life.

  • January 1, 2009
    Margaret

    Atomic_baker because

    a) I’m a nuclear engineer by training
    b) I love to bake
    c) I wanted a level of anonymity whilst I learned more about twitter and blogging.

  • January 1, 2009

    My blog’s name is Ramblings by Reba… and my Twitter name is @RamblingReba. I chose that Twitter name for branding/recognition reasons…

  • January 1, 2009

    I wanted to build my ‘personal brand’ so I chose to use my full name as my Twitter user name: @CoryOBrien

    In the past, I’ve used the name of my blog as a user name on forums and other such sites, but if you stop blogging, or decide to sell your blog, etc., then you have to either change your user name or stop using the account all together if you aren’t allowed to change it, so it’s easier to just stick with something (like your name) that you’ll never need to change, and you can continue to build reputation with regardless of the circumstances.

  • January 1, 2009

    When my daughter was in junior high, she and her two best friends called themselves the Infamous Three. That later became the Infamous Five. Since they hung out at our house a lot and everyone liked me, I ended up being the Infamous Mom. I used that as my LiveJournal name. My kids’ friends shortened it to “infmom” and I liked that, so I kept it.

    I have my real first name (Marte) attached to my Twitter username infmom.

  • January 1, 2009

    Okay, this is a stretch, but i

  • January 1, 2009

    (hit enter too soon)… i took my last name and my first name and slammed them together. ta-da! twitter username @stevenpitts http://www.twitter.com/stevenpitts

  • January 1, 2009

    When I signed up for Twitter, I randomly created the name @CincyRecruiter. I’m a recruiter/consultant and work in Cincinnati, so that was the extent of the thought process. After learning more about Personal Branding, I considered changing my handle to real my name, but I think being known as the “CincyRecruiter” has actually added to my personal brand. I recently started a blog and carried my twitter name/brand into the domain name – http://www.cincyrecruiter.com, and the title (CincyRecruiter’s World). It’s cool to meet new people who come up to me and say – “hey, you’re the CincyRecruiter”! That seems to happen more oftent than “hey, you’re Jennifer McClure”. :)

  • January 1, 2009

    140 characters is so very little. I’m less likely to RT if someone’s Twittername is long. Short is key, for a twittername. But I agree that it’s a debate in terms of weakening branding.

  • January 1, 2009

    My initials are: vlb. When I started using Unix in 1983, the convention for login IDs was initials. I requested vlb at my first job, again at my second; login ID was the defaul email address at that time. After abut 3 years, I reached the point where I identify with vlb; that’s who I am. (I actually tried “vicki” as an ID for a brief period as an experiment. It didn’t “take”. :-)

    vlb is always my first choice on any new site. Thus, twitter.com/vlb. I’m happy it was available.

  • January 1, 2009

    I just chose the name of my favorite mechanical wristwatch, the Omega Speedmaster Professional. ;-)
    http://twitter.com/speedmaster

  • January 1, 2009

    I decided just to use my name, Jodith, because my twitter account really represents all of my blogs as well as my personal interests. I have a 2nd user account, admnarts, for my Administrative Arts blog, for those who want to hear about the blog information and tips, but aren’t really interested in listening to my relatively copious tweets and a plethora of topics.

  • January 1, 2009

    My erin337 is really just a play on my ‘real’ name Erin Lee. If you type 337 and look at it upside down, it looks like Lee. Kinda creative don’t you think? I thought it was pretty clever.

  • January 1, 2009

    I use nickname and I think it is better. If you have more than two blogs, you can use the same twitter account to market, while use the blog name for twitter account, you can only market for one.

    Moreover, personal name make it more friendly to communicate with others

  • January 1, 2009

    I just use my real name @mrohde

  • January 1, 2009

    I came up with mine in loving memory of my…hamster!! Cos he responds to me like how most people’s pet dog responds to them. The amazing thing is, he never ran away although I let him outta the cage a couple of times. lol (Somehow my blog and Twitter page isn’t about hamsters though….I have passion for Wordpress and Twitter!)

    Happy New Year everyone!

  • January 2, 2009

    Since I write a lot places on the internet I thought I would use the name taylor_blue and then use my avatar for my own site. I guess it’s because people know me better for my name than the site.

  • January 2, 2009

    Many years ago, I decided to use my real name everywhere online as my “handle”. I’m a self-employed photographer, and my name is my brand, so I’ve done all I can to associate my name with my online activities, and tried to promote myself as a positive and friendly online presence. The name “neilcreek” has followed me to Twitter and I think helps to strengthen my “brand”. Currently my pages are 7 of the top 10 search results on Google for “Neil Creek”, including my Twitter profile. By staying consistent, I have made it as easy as possible for people to find me, no matter where they first heard my name.

  • January 2, 2009

    I used my company website domain name, which is twitter.com/axsystechgroup.

  • January 2, 2009

    Same as you Darren, took my blog’s name as my twitter name… :)

  • January 2, 2009

    I actually started off with copywriterSD but changed to my own name because it’s also the name of my website – and I do far less copywriting and far more consulting than I did a year ago.

  • January 2, 2009

    I’ve been using my online name for many years, starting when I signed up for Neopets at my older cousins’ urgings just after the start of the new millennium. (Hey, they were teenage girls at the time, one of Neopets’ target demographics.) Ever since, I have used it everywhere. Simple as that. My Wikipedia userpage has the full story.

  • January 2, 2009

    I make a point of using the same username on everything — my first name and last initial. It’s a unique combo (@thursdayb) so it’s almost always available.

  • January 2, 2009

    Used firstlastname as recommended by @Ed_Dale

  • January 2, 2009

    I love my wife and she said one day I was the perfect husband. My twwet name comes from latin and means exactly that.

    Simple as 1, 2, 3.

  • January 2, 2009

    I have two blogs I want to promote and was working on YogaBabeCafe when I signed up for Twitter so used that name. My other blog is about I Ching and I can use the same gravatar for both blogs. I like to see Twitter names that give me some indication of what the blog is about.

  • January 2, 2009

    I used my last name, but once I started thinking, I should probably have used the name of my blog instead @slymarketing – but at that time, I had too many followers :-)

    I guess I could use two twitter accounts, but I am not sure.

  • January 2, 2009

    I just used my name.

  • January 2, 2009

    I use my name. I think it seems more personal.

  • January 2, 2009

    My full name is David Murray – so I wanted something short while still using my name.

    Huh… that sounds kind of boring … boring maybe but true. I’ll spice it up if I get interviewed by Rolling Stone…

  • January 2, 2009

    As an actor my company had to be connected with my name, therefore its @dennisbaker I would think its better to use your name, or business name, than to use a nickname.

  • January 2, 2009

    I registered my normal handle (Just_Kelly), my blog name (Choosinglosing), and my real name (KellyHensley). I have no idea why.

  • January 3, 2009

    I am “chris2x” or Chris “two times” everywhere. My name is Chris Christensen and my father used to call me Chris two times (in Danish) when I was a kid. The advantage of an unusual nickname is that I am chris2x or occasionally christwice everywhere. The license plate on my car (a red PT Cruiser if you are trying to spot me) is Chris2x.

  • January 3, 2009

    My user name is dashaver this is my last name and first two initials. This has been my user name since way back in the days when I was a system operator.

  • January 3, 2009

    I wanted mine to be accessible to both people who only know me online and people who know me in real life. LCG are my real initials, and STG are my initials for the unsername/screenname I use most often. I’ve also taken to using LCGSTG for other social-networking sites, like MIXX.

  • January 3, 2009

    I choose my twitter’s name – seopro – as this is what I am doing day in and day out- SEO
    http://twitter.com/seopro

  • January 3, 2009

    I used my blog name.

  • January 3, 2009

    I used the name of our blog. Most of it. It may be confusing for some. I get “Are you Laurin, or Kelly, a lot. I’m LaurinandKelly and Kelly is LaurinandKelly2.

  • January 3, 2009

    I just used my Blog Name (branding it)

  • January 3, 2009

    Well mine was a really simple creation…
    First – my middle name (that everyone knows me as) is Brad, and I’m kind of a big guy
    (5′ 10″ & 325 lbs). And back when I was doing a weekly radio show on 88.3 FM in Houston my Co-host would always call me B-rad in-between air-checks and then slipped it in on the air- so that was part of it too…

  • January 3, 2009

    I am unimaginative so I just added the word “raw” to my name. I use the account to interact with my twitter buddies who are raw foods enthusiasts.

  • January 5, 2009

    I decided to use my real name. So no matter how many blogs I end up having, projects I take on, books I write, etc., I’ll always be able to use the same account. I didn’t want to have the same problem as I have on AIM (I seemed to outgrow my AIM screen name ever 2 or so years by choosing it based on current interest).

    And besides, I didn’t want some other Diana Freedman out there to snatch up the account name. :-)

  • January 5, 2009

    Color me boring.
    I used my name, too.

  • January 6, 2009

    I used my Website domain name as most of my tweets are related to it.

  • January 8, 2009

    I was advised to use my name since people prefer to connect with people (me being one of them). Thus I used my name @marianhodges instead of my blog name which would have been @sparkactionnow. Now, I’m thinking of changing my name to @mariansparks because “spark” is part of my blog name and I’ve been told by people that “I spark”. Besides the name @MarianSparks resonates with people who know me.

  • January 15, 2009

    I’m not afraid to use my name but I wanted something that helped define as many aspects of me as possible and hopefully made people stop and go, “Hmm. What could that mean? Is she interesting? Maybe I’ll check her out. Maybe I’ll follow!”

    Jigsaw refers to my jigsaw puzzle business as well as to the fact that I consider myself a woman of many facets (jigsaw pieces). Verbiage speaks to the fact that I am a writer and loquacious on top of that. If this name makes me an enigma, albeit an interesting one, then it’s done its job!

  • January 15, 2009

    I started with a 12 character alias that I have used for years. This became cumbersome as I morphed to using Twitter professionally as well as personally. After pondering, I decided on 5 characters (first inital, 4 character last name: @bhans). This is short for SMS and somewhat easy to remember for those who know me outside of Twitter. It also only uses 6 of the 140 precious characters for @replies. Since then my wife has also followed suit (@sahans), my brother (@mhhans), as well as both of my sons (@xhans, @jhans).

  • January 31, 2009
    Michelle M
    @Automaticslim

    I took my twitter name from a KoKo Taylor song: Wang dang doodle.

  • June 29, 2009

    Should have chosen dizzy bazza lol ………i use bizzybazza all over and i created because im called barry hence the bazza and im far from busy hence the bizzy

    bizzybazza

  • July 12, 2009

    I chose my username @dezbee2008 because…

    dez – my nickname
    bee – last initial ‘B’ spelled out
    2008 – the year I came up with my username.

  • July 23, 2009

    Mine is an anagram of my own name

  • August 19, 2009

    It took me a while to get the name I was comfortable with. I went through three other names before I found my current one. The one I have now came from a compilation book that my fictional writing class that put together. I really liked the name and decided to use it for my Twitter account. It’s also symbolic becuase I like to write and back in the day people used to use skin to write.

  • August 24, 2009

    Louise Curtis is my primary pen-name, so since I intend it to become a brand name, I need to splash it everywhere possible :)

    @Louise_Curtis_

    (two-month real-time pirate tale – enjoy!)

  • September 12, 2009

    Fortunately my name is easy to get @susanjarema. I’m well know in my community by this name so it works for me. However many of my clients ask me what they should do when they first start out on twitter. Often it just depends on what is available. However, I do wonder if a name representing an individual’s line of work would would be better for getting followers.

    Does anyone have any feedback on this?
    Does a descriptive handle help you get more followers?

  • October 14, 2009

    I came up with @ZacOfLove, because of all of the stupid VH1 TV shows: Flavor of Love, Rock of Love and Daisy of Love (which makes the least sense, but what the hell do any of them mean?). I originally planned on making a TwitterSeries of posts chronicling a season of the fictitious “Zac of Love” reality show, but I was too lazy. In the end It ended up being my second name on Twitter.

  • October 16, 2009

    I use my blog’s name as my twitter name.

    I wrote 5 steps in choosing a good twitter name
    also. Check this out! http://pcholics.blogspot.com/2009/10/5-steps-in-choosing-your-twitter-name.html

  • November 14, 2009
    Lesley Houston
    @DaydreamAhoy

    I’m a serial daydreamer, and I kind of like pirates. I just put the two together and came up with mine :)

  • November 23, 2009

    well ofcourse….it’s all about the beetles in my head…..and I heard a song. Mysha in the skyyyy with diamonds… dadadada……Mysha in the skyyyy with diamonds. And there you go.
    Peace

  • December 29, 2009

    I started TweetIng as @SweetWitters. Gadualy I felt it was boring.
    I wanted my ID to be unique and it should say what I was mainly used Twitter for; along with my name!
    @sREeTWEETS says it all, doesn’t it?

  • February 22, 2010

    well, i’m changing it soon, but last year.. i was in the shower, and stupidly leave shampoo seeped into my eyes. i immediately thought “AHH!! SOAP IN MY EYES!! hey.. that would make a greatt twitter name .. oww it burnss!!” (my actual thoughts) and thus, i became soapinyoureyes on twitter.

  • March 27, 2010

    Color me boring.
    I used my name, too.

  • May 22, 2010
    Rick Collins
    @SmallPaws101

    I just used a nickname and a random number… How boring :) Follow SmallPaws101

  • May 26, 2010

    I just used the name of my favorite childhood movie and the year it released. Easy to remember and creative.

  • July 26, 2010

    My friend came up with mine…

  • September 10, 2010

    @Allllliiiii

    Because even though my full name is Alessandra, most people know me as Ali. I thought Allllliiiii was lighthearted enough but similar to my actual nickname.

  • September 12, 2010
    mary jane tyler

    I have been trying to get a user name but everyone I try is taken

  • October 15, 2010
    1drous1
    @1drous1

    I saw this name on a vanity plate of an old Caddy when I was in the sixth grade. I saw it most mornings while I was on the school bus as we traveled on the freeway. It was always in the back of my mind and twitter gave me the perfect opportunity to use it.

  • October 26, 2010

    I just wanted something original and one day it just popped into my head. i was thinking if I was on twitter I would follow me. lol. So then @idfollowme was born. I actually received a few compliments on the creative nature of the name. Now I see people trying to come up with their own form of it occasionally.

  • November 21, 2010

    i chose one of my most favorite thangs, zombies, and put it into my twitter name with my real name too. my twitter name is chelseasazombie

  • December 14, 2010

    Because everyone always tells me to be quiet!

  • January 9, 2011

    my twitter name unlike most actually has a meaning.. i run track and also do field.. Im a High jumper,Long Jumper, and Triple jumper and since i do both and im such a beast at them(lol) i thought i would combine them..

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