3 Tips for Choosing a Good Twitter Name (With Examples)

what makes a good Twitter name

People read out loud, and speak in podcasts and videos. That’s why a good Twitter name is easy to say and hear correctly.

You want a Twitter name that helps people remember you.

You want people to easily connect your handle to your personal name, brand or your business name.

That means you need a twitter handle that is:

  • Easy to say
  • Easy hear correctly when spoken
  • Easy to remember
  • Consistent with your brand
  • 15 characters or less
  • Isn’t taken

This can be a big challenge. You may find your first choice, second choice and third choice names are unavailable. I did.

So here are 3 tips to find an available name, or create one you love.

  1. Add a keyword
  2. Create a short phrase
  3. Highlight a business feature or product

Here come some real life examples:

Twitter Handles That Add a Keyword

  • A contributor to BloggingWizard Elana Cain uses @ecainwrites.
  • Molly Harris uses @mfaraicreative ‏for her ethically and socially conscious marketing services.
  • A London web design firm uses @LiloWebDev ‏

Twitter Usernames That Create a Short Phrase

  • Sleep products brand Amanda uses @smartbedAmanda.
  • A university digital media specialist remains anonymous but so memorable with a Twitter name that’s easy on the ear (and made me smile): @mssweetyp ‏
  • Mom, marathon runner and fitness blogger Pamela Frost uses rhyme to help you remember her @pamjammer

Twitter Names That Highlight a Business Feature or Product

  • World Wealth Creation is driven to get people to their conference. That’s reflected in their twitter handle: @WorldWealthConf
  • Artist John Powell has a common name, but created a unique Twitter handle with his product @JohnPaintings

The first example is from from KerriLynn Engel of Blogging Wizard. I like her suggestion to consider a keyword for a good Twitter name.

If your name is taken, adding keyword in your username “is a great way to broadcast what you do and what sets you apart from your namesake,” she writes. Bravo! Another great tip from KerriLynn is to add a location name.

This is Why Having a Good Twitter Name Matters

Here’s why I decided to look into the value of a good Twitter handle. There’s a contributor who sends great insights to Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose of the Content Marketing Institute podcast. They regularly credit her for the news links and topic ideas she sends in through Twitter.

They want to share her Twitter name. But they can’t say it. They refer to her as (paraphrased): “She of the unpronounceable Twitter name.” They’ve even begged her to change it. But it hasn’t happened as far as I know. I’d like to check her out as a follower. But I can’t find her without a knowing her name. What a lost opportunity for poor “She.”

Is your Twitter handle pronounceable? Mine wasn’t. My business name, AttentionMachines, is 2 characters too long for Twitter. My personal name was taken. I had settled on @attnmachines a while back. But if anyone were to try pronouncing it, I think they’d have a hard time being clear. Imagine saying, “That’s ‘at’ followed by ‘a, t, n as in Nancy…, another N as in Nancy….'”  Uh, forget about it.

So I just changed it — to @attentionisgood.

It’s more memorable. It’s easy to say. It’s consistent with my business name and brand. And if someone ever quotes me in a podcast, people will have no trouble saying or hearing it.

Will you lose followers if you change your name?

No, your followers stay intact, says Twitter, in this help page at Twitter.com: https://support.twitter.com/articles/14609

Just log in to Twitter, pull down the menu under your profile image or icon, and click on “Settings and Privacy”

Here’s where you’ll find it in the drop-down menu:

how to change your Twitter name

How to change your Twitter name: Choose “Settings and privacy” in the menu under your user icon.

Happy tweeting!

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