With well over 200 million accounts and growing by the day, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find the perfect username on Twitter. But there’s nothing wrong with getting a little creative! Here are three ways you can grab your ideal Twitter name, even if the one you want has been taken.
There are probably tens of millions of accounts that were created years ago but haven’t tweeted once. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Twitter is going to release inactive account names any time soon. This may happen eventually, but if you hang around the sidelines waiting for the day when your name is released, you’ll be late to the Twitter party.
And banish the idea of contacting Twitter directly and asking them, with prettys and pleases and even cherries on top, to release that username that has been dormant for a year and a half – they have a general policy not to do this, unless you’re a superstar celeb.
Keep it short
On Twitter, the shorter the better. If you’re having trouble brainstorming alternatives to your full name on Twitter, just think small.
Try using a short nickname that you were given as a child, or shortening “Catherine” to “Cat”. You can even go so far as to remove a few vowels here and there (trust me, no one will even notice).
If you have a long name but shortening it isn’t yielding any results, before you add a jumble of random numbers to the end of your username, try shortening it and adding an underscore between your first and last name. This may just be the extra something you need to find a unique username that suits you.
If your full name was taken, why not try out just your initials? Twitter is all about being short and sweet and to the point, and having a short username is one of the best ways you can help conserve valuable characters. Besides, it’s my hunch that those with shorter usernames are retweeted more often.
For instance, if you wanted to lock down “@BobSmith” but found it sadly to be taken, you could try “@BSmith”, “@BobS”, or even add your middle initial(s) to the mix.
Add a title
Finally, if all of these shortening techniques fall short, you can always add a prefix or suffix to the beginning or end of your username. Because, after all, shorter may be better but it isn’t always practical.
You could try, for instance, adding “Mr”, “Dr”, “Miss” or “Sir” before your first name for a little pomp and to find the name that’s closest to your own. Or, include something that hints at your career to the end of your username, like “MaryTheTeach” or “RoySocial”.
In all likelihood, you will have to be quite creative to get the username you want on Twitter, but with a little though, it can be done. Good luck!
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