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I Changed My Twitter Handle, Have You?

Posted on | December 29, 2009 | 7 Comments

I think I may have an identity crisis.  I just changed my twitter handle, user name, whatever it is, to @ronsamuelson.  Isn’t that exciting and creative?  It’s just my name.  Let me tell you the history of my twitter names, so maybe there is some rhyme or reason for this change.

When I very first started on Twitter I was @ronniediamond.  I have developed that nickname among some friends, always getting the, “Hey Ronnie Diamond!” when I walk into the room.  Didn’t mind it.  But Diamond is an actual last name of someone, so I thought of another.  I came to @diamondbuyer, in hopes that it would help me in search.  I’m not sure that it did, but I do know that I’ve always felt a little whorish about it.  It’s kinda salesy too and not that cool or edgy.  So I figured that I would do what most other smart people do on twitter and just go by their name.  Plain and simple.  I’m pretty happy with it…I think.

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together

Of course, I reserved @diamondbuyer as well.  Maybe I’ll make him into some sort of diamond buying character…or not.  Who knows the right answer here?  Twitter is pretty new so there are no right answers.  But like Lennon/McCartney say,

“I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.”

So I am me.  Or I Am The Walrus.  But the walrus was Paul, so that answers that question.  Maybe I’ll change it a few more times.  Does it really matter anyway?   Please share your twitter name thoughts.  I would love to hear them!

Comments

  • Steve Kruskamp

    The rule of thumb that I have used and told others to use is whether or not they are trying to build a personal brand or a persona. If you are building your personal brand, use your name. You wouldn’t go into a networking event and say, “Hi, I’m flapjack6473.” However, if you are building a persona, something that you don’t want directly tied to your personal brand (by the way, you have a personal brand whether you believe it or not) then get creative and use the ‘associated search terms’ technique that is cited above.

    You can find me on twitter: @stevekruskamp

  • So, right now, my twitter handle is ayakobing, but “bing” comes from my ex-hubby. So, I really want to change that, but not sure if I can transfer all my contacts to the other account. I think it’s easier for men b/c they never have to deal with name change process on any accounts(unless you are Diddy or Prince).

  • @steve thanks for your great comments! I think I made the right move, ronniediamond was cool, diamondbuyer was annoying, @ronsamuelson…who knows what that guy will be like 🙂

    @ayako you can change your handle and you will not lose any followers at all, just the handle changes if it’s available…so you can keep changing your name the more husbands you get 🙂

  • Great subject Mr. @ronsamuelson 🙂 I am a strong believer, as Steve already touched on above, that the only way to go is your actual name if available. I have always thought your personal brand is of most value and importance. Anything can and usually will change, but if the people you’ve formed friendships and/or business relationships with due to your personal brand being built first and foremost, then I would say there’s a much higher chance that the community you’re a part of might follow if you change direction in the future. That’s just my 2 cents.

  • Thanks for the comment Dan, I just bought ronsamuelson.me 2 seconds ago. RambleOnRon rules though. RonSamuelson.com was taken by Ron Samuelson, Huntington Beach Realtor that bastard! 🙂 But I kill him in SEO, like he doesn’t exist. hahahaha

    Anyway, I appreciate the comments. I was gonna be @buyandselldiamondsandrings but it was taken 😉

  • Nice move, Ron! And a smart one, IMO. 🙂

    I’ve been using my Chinese given name, because my legal name is too long (not as retweetable). I’m still waiting for @vsopher to become available. It’s been inactive since May ’09 but Twitter isn’t releasing user names right now. 🙁

  • thanks so much veronica for your comment! I actually go by ronnie in my non professional world 🙂