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Apart for the Twitter avatar and background, what would influence your choice of people to follow on Twitter? How many Twitter users have you unfollowed due to their user names? What is the best method for companies to benefit from Twitter user names?

So what’s all the fuss about?

“No one cares anyway”… Right? Wrong! Take a look at the following comments:

@Kurd said “I have blocked people before based solely on their avatar or name, if it was offensive enough. Or if I’m following someone with, say, a puppy avatar with the user name “ILoveLife” but at some point they’ve changed their avatar and name to a spread-eagle model named “SexFrosting.”

Lois Arnando added, “Rather than background, I’m more concerned with the user name.”

I’m sure many of you out there would agree to what these two gentlemen had to say, and I’m 100% percent certain that you’ll have one story or another about bad or annoying experiences with at least one of your followers’ user names!

First Impression Matters :)

First Impression Matters...

But what defines a “good” Twitter user name?

I love my followers plenty! I really do. I respect them for their valuable tweets, their retweets and their positive and giving attitude. But how did I choose my followers in the first place? Based on their avatars and / or user names, as simple as that! Of course, later on, one out of a few hundred would turn out to be promoters, ramblers, automoters and so on, yet the first impression is based on one of those 2 elements!

Based on many encounters with a bunch of followers and my own experience, I can safely say that one or more of the following characteristics define a good Twitter user name:

  1. It Should Be Real: If your Twitter user name is your real name, people would feel more comfortable following you on Twitter because you are less likely to be a spammer!
  2. It Should Describe You: So, you don’t want to use your real name? It’s not a problem as long as you use one which describes who you are, what you do and what tweets your followers should expect from you!
  3. It Should Be Short: The shorter, the better, since this makes it easier for your followers to retweet your tweets and mention you.
  4. It Should Be Unique: “@Puppylover”, “@Doglover” and “@Lovespuppies” are not that unique! You want to use a user name that will be remembered!
  5. It Should Be Sincere: If you are not a guru, don’t claim to be one in your user name! This applies to everything else ranging from claiming to be a doctor to claiming to be an active tweep!

** Avoid: Offensive names, celebrity names, bot-like names and too many numbers and/or symbols in your user name.

What about Twitter user names for your company?

This might seem tricky, but many enterprise Twitter users, namely Mashable, CNN and Digg, who were able to do it right! This is how:

It’s all about multiple accounts: In order to take full advantages of Twitter user names, it is always advisable that the enterprise has one unique account with its brand name as the user name, in addition to other multiple accounts for its employees, contributors, customer care reps, writers and so on.

And the award goes to…

Great efforts and creative ideas should be acknowledged! Therefore, as a bonus, I’ll be adding a list of some of my favorite Twitter user names, along with an explanation of why I like them.

  • @studentofsucces: Though a bit long, this user name is humble and it has a meaning. It gives me the feeling that this Twitter user is eager to learn and meet those who could help him do so.
  • @BloggerTip: A meaningful user name as well. Very straight to the point and it gives me the feeling that this tweep will provide valuable tweets and retweets.
  • @RossWeber: Just a simple, short name and sounds very professional as well.
  • @TripleM:Interesting, mysterious, short and unique!
  • @stillsoul: I really like this user name… Whenever it pops on on my Twitter homepage, I smile! Very ordinary yet meaningful and calming!

For some more examples of Twitter user names, I recommend “The Good, the Bad & the Ugly“! :)

Final words of advice…

Always keep in mind that depending on which type of Twitter user  you want to be, there is always a “right” combination of Twitter user name, avatar and background. Of course, tweets are as equally important but they don’t usually help in formulating the first impressions.

Finally, do you have any further advice about “good” Twitter habits? Have you come across any best or worst Twitter user names? Share with us in the comment box below!

Comments and Reactions

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com M.Bamieh

    the times i think had an article about that as well, good job beirut. Eitherway i think if twitter doesn't handle this quickly they risk losing a lot of users

  • http://twitter.com/Krud Krud

    I know I have little room to talk, but in my defense my username has a long convoluted history behind it that far precedes Twitter's existence. I could change it to my “real name”, but the at the moment more people on more sites know me as Krud than they do as my RL name, so…

    Also, using your real name can potentially get you into trouble, depending on what you choose to Tweet. But if that's never an issue for you, and if you're not hoping for any semblance of online privacy, then by all means use your real name if it's still available.

  • http://twitter.com/SweetLoveGifts Renée Michaels

    I also have Kurd's concerns about being lured by a seemingly friendly name/avatar that's later changed unfavorably. There are some names/avatars I didn't like, but I do scan through a new follower's tweets first and have been surprised. I think that some may be motivated by the idea of “standing out from the crowd” and might choose a name/avatar that doesn't really mesh with their message. However, I've found a few that later on, use cuss words and immediately unfollow them.

  • http://www.baderblog.com Bader Alrayyes

    Very useful tips , now i need to change my avatar LOL,

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com/ FadiPick

    I am sure that I won't follow @xadultfinder unless I have a fake profile that is created for such purposes! I totally agree with you that your twitter name is very important. Great tips!

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