How To Select Your Twitter Handle?

Thanks to Donald Trump, Twitter is one of the most popular social media platform.

The problem is that with so many people embracing Twitter as a channel for communication, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find a Twitter account name (called ‘handle’) that relates to your identity, personal or business related. Each day, an average of 460,000 people sign up for a new account. This means about 320 people sign up for an account every minute. So your favourite name could be gone any second now, visit Twitter and find and reserve your favourite Twitter name as soon as you can.

Twitter awards the first person who requests for an available name and then prohibits their resale. Eight years after Twitter’s launch, it has become extremely difficult to secure short handles without resorting to the inclusion of middle initials, dashes, numbers or abbreviations.

If the handle you want is taken, there are ways to mutually negotiate with its owner to transfer it to you. Twitter can in some cases help in the case of impersonation or trademark violations. And, despite Twitter’s prohibition, there is an unsanctioned secondary market!

Twitter says that in order to keep an account active, a user needs to log in and tweet at least once every six months, or risk permanently losing an account. But Twitter’s standards for inactivity can be more complicated than tweets alone. The company also states, “Inactivity is based on a combination of tweeting, logging in, and the date an account was created. Please note that you may not be able to tell whether an account is currently inactive, as not all signs of account activity are publicly visible.”

Here are some guidelines for selecting your Twitter handle:

  1. Keep the name as relevant to your company name as you can if you want to be recognized and found with ease.
  2. The shorter it is – the easier it would be for someone to mention you in their Tweets because of the word limit. Initials are a good idea.
  3. The more unique your Twitter name is the easier it will be to find it.
  4. You also want your Twitter name to be easy to remember.
  5. Keep it consistent with your other Social Media addresses.
  6. Adding your location as part of your handle can sometimes he helpful.
  7. Special characters are not such a good idea.

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