Recently I changed my Twitter name from RoyalAntsJosh to JoshSPeters for personal branding reasons. The name allows for more flexibility when working on future projects and helps with the personal branding thing.
Sometime along your social media journies you might decide to rebrand yourself or figure out a name that will work better for you, and when doing this there are a few things you might want to keep in mind when deciding to change your Twitter ID.
#1 See if it’s available and then make the change
It’s quite easy to change your Twitter Username, as these 5 steps show
- Sign in to Twitter.
- Click on Settings at the top.
- Under Account 2nd option is Username
- Erase your and type in a new one.
- If it’s available type in your password and click save
#2 let everyone know that you changed it
Send out a Tweet or 2 letting people know you changed your name. This will serve to let people know and something you can point to when they say “I didn’t know you change your name.” Though you’d only point that out if you were an internet jerk… and you’re not an internet jerk are you?
#3 Reserve your old name
This is a great tip. Since so many people are going to be used to seeing your name and you might have it listed as the old one in other places so putting a message on the page is a great thing.
Make sure you refenece your new one, and it’s also not a bad idea to log in and repeat the message every so often. My old account has picked up 4 followers and so sending it out again will hopefully get them to follow my new one instead.
#4 Monitor mentions of your old name
There are a couple of ways to do this. If you use something like Twhirl, TweetDeck, or Seesmic desktop then you can just have them search for the name and send you updates when it happens. This will help keep your followers and you in the conversation as you transition to the new name.
Another option is to do a search on Twitter for your username and then watch it on your RSS reader.
Either way you go, watching for mentions of your old Username is very important.
#5 Update your profiles
The reason I left this as the last one is simple. It’s the least important in the bunch. If you have your change message setup in your old account, people will know to go to the new one. If you have your Monitoring setup you can redirect people who found you by other methods.
I have profiles all over the place and some I’ve updated, some I haven’t and others I’ll do when I use them next. This part might take you more time than all of the other steps so far, but it will be worth it to get everything pointing to the right direction.
Bonus Tip: #6 Get new busines cards
One of the reasons I did this is because I was about to order new business cards and I wanted to have them reflect my personal brand more than anything else. If you just barely orderd a new stack and they have your Twitter ID on them (which they should) then you may want to hold off a bit. However if it’s time to re-order then there is no better time to make the switch.
Hope this helps, if you have any tips, tricks, comments, advice, or ideas about changing your Twitter Username please leave them in the comments below.
Thank you for reading,