Join me as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…
Why does your twitter name matter to me?
I’ve been wanting to talk about this for a while, but I’m just now getting around to it. I know choosing your twitter name can be tricky – what you really want may not be available or too long to be realistic on a platform that maxes out at 140 characters. But what you choose matters – and I’m not talking about making your brand stronger, though I’m sure it matters for that too.
I’m talking about practicality of use. Think about how others know you. What name do they use? What is your blog name? Can they find you by either of those names? If not, you’re making it hard for them…. for me! When someone wants to tweet you they can go through the process of going to your blog, looking up your twitter handle and directly tweeting you like that. But seriously, who wants to do that every time they want to tweet someone? And, to be honest, the ones who have hard to figure out twitter names often don’t have their twitter name on their blog anywhere.
So when I go to tweet someone I type in the @ and then start typing their name. I’m not technical at all, so I don’t know how this works but Twitter can find people by their handle (the @name) and also their official name. I know I’m getting basic, but I want to be very clear… so look at this picture of my twitter info:
If you were to type the @ and then start typing either of my twitter names… BerlsS or Fantasy is More Fun it would bring me up from your drop down list. I’ve personally made myself very easy to find – because if you know me you probably know me as Berls. But even if you don’t remember the name I go by, you probably know my blog name and ta-da! There I am. And just in case you aren’t sure – I’ve made my profile picture one that should be readily recognizable as my blog. I’m trying to make it easy for you.
Well, not everyone has made it so easy. I assume this is because their twitter accounts weren’t originally for blogging… or maybe they still really aren’t meant for blogging. But if your twitter name doesn’t remotely match your name or your blog name, it’s like going on a treasure hunt every time I want to tweet you. Some of the harder ones I’ve finally committed to memory, but it took some time!
And those that have blog names that are very popular, having an image that is easily recognizable as you blog name helps… a lot.
Why do I care so much about your twitter name being easy for me to find? Besides the obvious of trying to talk to you :), that is? Every morning I sit here reading blog posts and then trying to share them. Some are super easy to share – you have a twitter icon on your page and the tweet that it creates has your twitter handle on it already. Others – usually those on Blogger but not exclusively or all those on Blogger – have a share icon but the text of the tweet doesn’t include your twitter handle. Since I know I like being aware of my posts being shared – so I can think those who shared it and also as another way of knowing I probably have a new comment – I figure others probably would like to know as well. I want you to know I visited and am sharing so you feel the love. So I type in “via @twittername.” If your twitter name is easy, this is quick. But man, sometimes I spend forever or end up tweeting with no name.
Now there are a few – a very few – who don’t have any social media sharing icons. I’ve often wondered why that is… if you don’t know how to put them on your page, Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer did a great post with tips on how to do that here. But for those that don’t have share icons, I share directly from feedly (where I read posts) and again, that means I have to find your twitter info.
If you’re reading this realizing that you may have a hard to find twitter account… and want to fix it, here’s the great thing. You probably don’t want to actually change your twitter handle (the @name). That may be on business cards, it’s how others know you, etc. It’s a big change. In fact, I’m not sure that’s something you CAN change without starting a new account. But changing that name that appears on your Twitter account (in the picture above, for me, it’s Fantasy is More Fun) is easy to change and doesn’t impact anything else… except how easy you are to find. To change it, all you have to do is click “edit profile” from your twitter home page. Then you can easily click and edit that text.
If you’re reading this and thinking, “yeah, I don’t want you to be able to find me easily,” that’s fine, but I’d be curious to know why 🙂
Is your twitter name easy to find? Do you have this same struggle with finding fellow bloggers?Berls wants your twitter name to be easy to find. See why and how! Click To Tweet