Finding the Almost Perfect Twitter Username When Yours Is Already Taken

June 1st, 2009 |

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You have finally decided to create your own account on Twitter after reading about the benefits it can have on you and your business.  Welcome to the party!  Unfortunately, you might be a little late to the party and it turns out the username you want to register has already been taken by someone else.  No need to worry, we will suggest a few ways to still get your desired name or phrase in a username.

Let’s pretend you are a fitness trainer named “Craig Johnson”.  Without looking at Twitter, I can pretty much guarantee that @Craig and @CraigJohnson are taken.  Similarly @fitnesstrainer is taken as well.  Stumped, you are not sure what name you should go after now.

Finding The “Almost” Perfect Twitter Username

A key component to social media is the ability to “brand” yourself or your business.  Ideally, your business name is something unique and brandable that no other business or person uses.  However this is not always the case.  If you have a common business name or real name, it makes it a little harder for you to stand out in the crowd.

From the example listed above regarding “Craig”, he is in this situation.  Fortunately for him, there are several ways to not only find a great Twitter username, but also help establish himself and his brand at the same time.

Here are several ways to create an almost perfect username:

  1. Use an underscore – @Craig_Johnson @Fitness_Trainer
  2. Use an initial – @CraigRJohnson @CJohnson
  3. Use first person – @IAmCraig @IAmCraigJohnson
  4. Use a title – @MrCraig @MrCraigJohnson
  5. Use a modifier – @TheFitnessTrainer
  6. Use an adjective – @BestFitnessTrainer @CoolCraig
  7. Use a Description of What You Do – @FitnessCraig @TrainerCraig
  8. Use a Number – @Craig1980
  9. Be like Shaq – @The_Real_Craig
  10. Mix and Match from above – @CJohnson1980 @FitnessCraig1980

As you can see there are plenty of ways to get creative with coming up with a Twitter username if your primary choice has already been taken.  Depending on your need for the Twitter account (business or personal use), some methods may work better for one situation over another.  Simply determine which works best for you and you will be on your way to building your business and Twitter brand!

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