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Better to use your own real name in Twitter, or . . . ?

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Better to use your own real name in Twitter, or . . . ?

Postby AnitaHampl » Sat Apr 04, 2009 1:29 pm

When I first really dove into Twitter, a mentor in another business taught me to use my own name. He especially recommeneded that for all the people with more common names, so they could lock in their name rather than have to add numerals (think AOL, JohnSmith vs. JohnSmith48274).

With the exception of the famous people and internet gurus, what kind of name do you think people should use on Twitter? I am adding a few pseudonyms for some affilaite marketing I'm testing, so should I use "mustang sally" or "Sally Green" (these are only random examples) if I'm marketing auto supplies?

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Postby angienewton » Sat Apr 04, 2009 7:13 pm

Good question, Anita! I guess it really depends. I have heard that a lot of people use different user names for different niches but I personally only have one Twitter account. Don't think I could keep up with more that is for sure.
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Postby Oregon Coast Guy » Sat Apr 04, 2009 8:19 pm

I use OregonCoastGuy for Twitter, but would more than likely use my real, full name if I had it to do over again.

Still, I think creating a brand is very important, so people get to know you, no matter what you end up using. Decide on something and stick with it. :wink:
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Postby terrapin719 » Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:21 pm

I use retta719 for my personal account on Twitter.... I didn't really think about the points you mentioned when I picked my Twitter name though. I just wanted to jump in and play with all the buttons -lol-
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Postby AnitaHampl » Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:52 pm

OCG, Retta:

You can change your @name in Twitter without losing any history/followers/updates, etc.

I'm not sure how you communicate the change, however: you could Tweet about it before making the change, but we know that not everyone reads every Tweet. Hmmm.

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Postby Oregon Coast Guy » Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:54 pm

Thanks for the info.

I'll probably keep it the same, but I appreciate knowing how ;)
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Postby angienewton » Sun Apr 05, 2009 11:38 am

Interesting to know that you can change your @name. Thanks for the tip.
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Postby terrapin719 » Sun Apr 05, 2009 11:43 am

I saw that about changing your Twitter name. I've seen a few people change theirs this year and I was curious about it. I'm comfortable with my personal account being the way it i, I was a little more careful when I set up separate "business only" choices though.
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Postby mellymom3 » Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:40 pm

I chose my name kdbbiz because it was the first business I ever registered in 2001. It was actually KDB Business Services but kdbbiz ended up becoming my username for most anything biz related I signed up for and needed a username. I like it because it is short and to the point.
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Postby lindastacy » Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:03 pm

I think using your real name makes it easier to build relationships and trust. Of course if you're a well-known, branded business you might want to tweet under the business name (and I mean well-known like Amazon, Staples, Barnes & Noble, etc). But if you're trying to build a small home business, I think people will feel more comfortable with a "person" rather than a "company."

I think people just seem more approachable when they use their real name. I'd rather talk to NancyGreen than to GreatSoapCompany.

And I'm with Angie... someone dvised me to set up some Twitter accounts using keywords related to my business, but I have enough trouble keeping up with one Twitter account.... Don't think I could handle several.

One of the examples Anita gave might be a good compromise if you want multiple accounts for multiple niches... assuming your name is Sally, you could use "Mustang Sally" for the auto niche, "Sally Bags" for a purse niche, and "Sweet Sally" for a gourmet chocolate niche.
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Postby terrapin719 » Sun Apr 05, 2009 7:39 pm

lindastacy wrote:I think using your real name makes it easier to build relationships and trust.

But if you're trying to build a small home business, I think people will feel more comfortable with a "person" rather than a "company."

I think people just seem more approachable when they use their real name. I'd rather talk to NancyGreen than to GreatSoapCompany.


I completely agree with this, especially when it comes to blogging and twitter type of things (and really Twitter is just blogging in 140 characters or less)
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