What’s Your Handle? I Mean, Twitter Username?

So you finally decide to jump into the deep end of social media and sign up for a Twitter account! And then you are asked what your username will be? Hmmm. There are so many possibilities! Should you use your actual name – or some variation thereof since there are probably already 1200 Hannah Smiths out there? Should you reference your hobby, like Beekeeper or Dancer? Should you proclaim that you have children – Mommyof4 or HappyDad? Should you go with something fun or sexy, like JokerMan or BootyBabe? 

Having been on Twitter for several months now, I find it interesting what usernames people choose as they tweet to the world their personal thoughts. What you choose says a lot about yourself!

Burt Reynolds, Smokey & The Bandit

I am old enough to remember CB radios (can anyone say Smokey & the Bandit?). Twitter usernames often remind me of CB handles. “Breaker, breaker 1-9. This is Sugar Puppy calling Book Reader. What’s your twenty?”

With both CB radios and Twitter accounts, people can get creative. I checked out a few Twitter usernames and found these curious ones:

Ilikesleep – I wonder how often this guy tweets if he’s snoozing all the time.

throatwarbler – Now that is an interesting hobby!

batgirl – And she isn’t the only one; there are several variations of Batgirl out there.

pizza_of_death – I didn’t click on this one because for some reason it creeped me out.

luckypluck – Guitar player maybe?

bug_girl – Hey, she’s apparently into entomology!

mylaundrystinks – I’m not sure I’d advertise that to the whole world.

 

As for me, I tweet under the fabulously imaginative moniker @Julie_Glover. Yep, that’s it. Despite the curiosity of quirky nicknames used on Twitter, there are a lot of people communicating under their real names as well. For an author or businessperson, your true identity is the way to go because it is your brand. (See Kristen Lamb’s post on the Cutesy Moniker Tweeter.)

But it is tempting to think up some wild nickname! Although I have to admit that I don’t know what few letters would encompass what I want to say to the world about myself. Would I focus on my attributes, my job, my family, or something else?

How did you choose your Twitter name? Do you like your tweeps using their real names or nicknames? What does your Twitter name say about you? Have you seen any other unusual usernames?

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12 thoughts on “What’s Your Handle? I Mean, Twitter Username?

  1. Aack! If only blogger had editing! Anyway… there was nothing bad in my post…just hate typos. I remember CB radios and handles too! If our dads let us in on the fun, we'd get on & chatter away. Once I called myself "BlueEyes" & a Camaro cruised on by the house… never got to play on Daddy's CB again. I follow Kristen's advice too, but I had to add the V. It's now a mark of distinction — there are lots of people with my name out there. Some of my favs -> GentleCloud, Cat's Breath, PinkDoorDecor…. just to name a few.

  2. I agonized over my twitter name, since I read Kristen Lamb's WANA book beforehand. First, I chose my website domain name, and then I made my Twitter handle. I chose my author name (M.E. Anders) + Fit (since I am a fitness nut) = MEAndersFit

  3. I started out with my first name and last initial. It just felt too scary to really be "out there" as a writer. Silly me. Kristen Lamb convinced me to go ahead and claim my whole name. That way, nobody has trouble finding my books. 😀

  4. I agonized over real names and writer names when I set out writing seriously. In the end I decided that I will write, and only write under my real name – given that my first name is a shortening of a longer name I still have long name to contend with.Long enough so that Twitter don't have enough space on my profile so I even have to shorten it there – so I stuck with my first name and the first letters of my three part surname: GerhiJvV.I keep it a constant option on all places where I can't use my full name.

  5. Well…I am a school psychologist and my typical user name/handle is "soulworker" or some variant of it… =D Been a long time Julie…(5th grade I think) – but after you left TM for C5 (CC Callallen Clawin' Cats). Best wishes!

  6. Before I took Kristen Lamb's class on social media, I set up a twitter account to follow a few of my favorite comedians with the handle "tbrat". That's me. My nickname, my license plate, etc. Then, Kristen said not so good unless I planned on writing books under that pen name so I changed it to Tiffany_A_White. I was afraid the _'s would be too much for someone to remember, but so far it seems to be working out for me. 🙂

  7. I have 2 Twitter accounts in order to stay organized. No I'm not insane, it really helps. I went with my professional name, @NatalieCMarkey where followers read about my various writing projects, rants of being a working-at-home mom and humorous tails about my dog. Yes, I meant to misuse that word!I also use @TMIexaminer which is all about my Internationally popular column covering Cassandra Clare's YA series.'

  8. Great post. :}.When I first showed up to Twitteropolis- my handle was PrevailUpon. I was never on-life called. Work called louder. But time passed and I was "invited" back to Twitter after I got serious about my writing. So I changed it. @TymothyLongoria. :}

  9. I'm glad I've found all of you on Twitter! Having the name really helps. I thought that tbrat, PrevailUpon, and Soulworker are interesting as well.If I tweeted personally, maybe I'd go with something creative. LoneStarGal? WordsyWoman? LaundryBacklogged? I don't know. I'm just intrigued by people's creativity with words!

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