86 comments
Rachel Lavern
Rachel Lavern

This post caught my attention when I was reading a current post. I just finished working with a branding coach and have a list of sites that I want to update for consistent branding. Glad to know that is fairly easy to change username on Twitter.

Loïc
Loïc

Very useful information, I just changed my username. Many thanks!

Michael
Michael

Very well written article, great info! I was wanting to know about changing a twitter id but was not happy about the prospect of losing my followers and having to go find each one again! Thank you very much!

JP
JP

Thanks Kim for this article. Very informative and helpful.

Good work on your blog!

unwrittenbook
unwrittenbook

Again, you have given more good information. I was thinking about changing my Twiiter name ,but you pointed out that it would be too long. (NoNon-centsNanna would take up space.)

Two years ago I joined Twitter using my legal name. I closed my account for months knowing that I could not use that user name on Twiiter again. A few months ago I re-joined using 'unwrittenbook'. The name got a lot more heads up than my legal name did with only about 5 followres. Unwritten book has 500 in just a few months.

Thanks again, Kim for the valuable information.

Rubybrave356
Rubybrave356

its still so hard for me to change the name. please help

Paul Wright
Paul Wright

Hi Kim, just wondering if you can tell us how to put all those social media buttons and links in your header ? They are really cool and useful :) thanks Paul

Catherine Buck Morgan
Catherine Buck Morgan

Thanks so much! The same happened to me as I've changed careers. So now, I'm still trying to decide whether to change my handle or stay with it. But at least now I know how to do it if I decide to make the change.

Luffy
Luffy

I never have taught this one before. Thank you for the information. I would better try this one now.

Carla McNeil, Social Media Manager
Carla McNeil, Social Media Manager

Great information Kim. I have been thinking about doing the same thing myself. RetireWithCarla is pretty long. I also have CarlaMcNeil but haven't been using it. But as you mention a drop in the # of characters just might be worth it!

Carolee a.ka. Blogging Biz Mom
Carolee a.ka. Blogging Biz Mom

lol- wish I knew this earlier- I actually started a whole new account when I started coaching and wanted a different Twitter name.

Of course, now I have two accounts I can tweet to if desired!

Charles Seay
Charles Seay

Thanks Kim,

You know I was actually thinking about my 2 Twitter accounts: [SeaySon_Credit and PortalDirector] and how long they are. I don't have a lot of accounts tied to them, but my HootSuite and TweetDeck would be the main ones I would need to change. That part about "Reclaiming" the old name(s) is right on time. I really wouldn't want someone using them against me.

I will let you know when I have done it.

Charles Seay

http://www.seaysonenterprise.info

http://imtoolsuite.com/go/?p=NJPortal&w=imtoolsuitety

Richard Goutal
Richard Goutal

Hi Kim - good information. Here is my situation, a little different. Maybe there is an easy solution for this from your bottomless bag of tricks. When I came on to twitter, I was mainly trying to connect with other "Training, Learning, and Training Development" professionals. I have a number of those that I follow and that follow me. As I moved into internet marketing, I began to add many people from that arena. Eventually, I decided that I would do better connecting with both groups, but especially the TLTD professionals, if I separated the account into two accounts. So I created a new account using another short version of my name for the TLTD folks (now the distinct minority of the total number). That's as far as I got. About all I can think of is to start over in that account by following all of the same TLTD folks I followed in my original account in that new account, but getting them to follow me back will be a long slow deal. Is this really the only way to do it?

Irene Pereira
Irene Pereira

Hi Kim,

Great stuff...it seems easy enough to have a change of your user name and not even loosing your followers. I suppose the only hassle is to make sure that you do not forget to update any clients that you are connected to Twitter and your affiliate (client), Tweetspinner (management), Socialoomph (free keyword tracking and auto-DM)), also needing to be logged into and have its login credentials changed. Other than that like you as you would say it a piece of cake...thanks for the heads up.

Carolyn
Carolyn

Hi Kim, This is very, very helpful information. I have been debating changing my user name. I have been on Twitter for over two years but have been blogging for two months. I don't have a huge number of followers, but some of the ones I have are stars. My current Twitter name is @carpathia16, but if I changed my Twitter name to my blog name, I would actually increase the number of characters in my Twitter name. I have temporarily solved this issue but starting a new Twitter account with my blog name, @wonderoftech, but it isn't easy building up a new Twitter account.

Really appreciate the great advice!

Jon Bishop
Jon Bishop

You also might wan't to stick with the same profile pic for a while after the change to help followers get used to the new name.

Finally don't forget to check your old username for missed replies and mentions every once and awhile.

Here's another walk through with a few extra tips on changing your twitter name.

Thanks for sharing.

Marquita Herald
Marquita Herald

This is great information Kim! I jumped into Twitter just last fall, but got so busy setting up my blog and Facebook that my poor Twitter account languished, sadly neglected. Now that I'm involved with TSA I'm determined to change that and your tips on Twitter have answered several of my questions and provided good management resources I hadn't discovered yet. Thanks!

Thomas
Thomas

Hi Kimberly

Very nice and useful post. I love that kind of tips. I don't hope I will be needing to change my twitter name, but now I know har to do. Thank you.

tonyknuckles
tonyknuckles

You knocked it out of the park again. I found out about this in 2008 after changing to my current name. However, you also keep the same "Born on" date as well for your original name.

tonyknuckles
tonyknuckles

You knocked it out of the park again. I found out about this in 2008 after changing to my current name. However, you also keep the same "Born on" date as well for your original name.

Glyna Humm
Glyna Humm

Hi Kimberly - Awesome advice as usual. I don't know why but I never thought about my name using part of the total characters. That is really something to keep in mind when choosing a Twitter name. Thanks for this great post! I appreciate you:)

Lyka Ricks
Lyka Ricks

Thanks Kim for the twitter tip.........

Shari Weiss
Shari Weiss

Kim, glad I found this. The students in my social media for Journalists course are for the most part just learning to Tweet, but some have begun accounts without knowing this valuable info, so I have sent your link to the class. Thanks.

Kimberly Castleberry
Kimberly Castleberry

Oh that story is so cute! Your son is a precious one! That's a fun story and will make for a great blog post :)

Other than having forgot to change it on the TSA sheet "forever"... where it is still wrong (*making a note to go deal with that*) I haven't had any hiccups at all with the changes and have changed IDs three times, progressively shortening it up and getting it to match my branding!

Kimberly

Twitter-ul şi username-urile
Twitter-ul şi username-urile

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Nina
Nina

ALL apologies. I just read the replies and found my answer. We do keep all our followers and it is as thought nothing has happened. Good to know yet for some reason I'm still worried to go for it but I'm going for it anyway! Wish me luck ;-)

Nina
Nina

I'm confused. So you actually do lose all your followers if u change your name but supposedly the way to keep your followers is to re register your old name and make one tweet that your new twitter account is xyz and to follow you on your new account.

If this is how it works them most of us will still lose MANY followers. I follow a lot of people but if they never pop up again in my Home tweets then I'll never miss them. I definitely won't miss them enough to remember their original twitter name to even go there to find a tweet saying to follow them on their new twitter name. Does that make sense?

This is the second article that claims it has a way to help you keep ALL your followers but I think thats misleading. Re registering your old name and leaving that tweet is a GREAT suggestion but doesn't mean we won't still lose followers.

Allan Douglas
Allan Douglas

Good stuff Kim, I don't need to change my twitter name yet... but it sure is good to know that I can do it without losing my followers. I just stumbled in here (no not Stumble, stumble as in to trip or falter) and I'm glad I did. I'll be back!

Allan Douglas
Allan Douglas

Good stuff Kim, I don't need to change my twitter name yet... but it sure is good to know that I can do it without losing my followers. I just stumbled in here (no not Stumble, stumble as in to trip or falter) and I'm glad I did. I'll be back!

Armel
Armel

This could probably a common problem that usually happen when you want to change name.

Great thing! this article can resolve this problem. You've got the impressive and helpful way in helping us. Thanks a lot!

Jean
Jean

Hi Kim, your site really helps me get up to speed on the ever-changing tech stuff. I've only been blogging for 10 months and tweeting for 8, and my natural inclination is to be tech-resistant! But I can cook up a storm, so come on over for some of my own recipes and cooking tips. And if you happen to notice anything about my blog that would benefit from some tech tips, please feel free to tell me! In the meantime, I'll keep exploring your wonderful blog.

Kristina Summers
Kristina Summers

Wow! What a great and useful post, I had no idea. Thanks!

Jose H. Caraballo
Jose H. Caraballo

I just did this and it was just too easy. Thanks for sharing this information, I was fighting with this issue for a while and did not know how I was going to go about doing it without losing all of my followers.

Again, Thanks Thanks Thanks

Aqiylah
Aqiylah

Hi Kim, I changed my twitter name about a year ago. Somehow I managed to do it just as you outlined, except for step #3 (smh). And of course, by the time I figured it out, someone had already grabbed up my old name. Fortunately for me, I went from using a nickname to using my real name, so it's not so bad. Keep on keepin' on!

Susan Redmon
Susan Redmon

Hi Kimberly,

Thanks for the Twitter name change tips. I messed up a name change last year because I didn't fully understand how the system works.

Susan

IFRS
IFRS

1. Thanks Kim for informing me that even the username eats up the Character Limit.

2. If I change the name, will my name change in the previous tweets as well or the previous name will appear in the earlier tweets

Heshie Segal
Heshie Segal

Kim,

What a great contribution. I am going to RT this right away. Heshie

Suresh Khanal
Suresh Khanal

Thank you Kimberley. Its safe and I can switch anytime.

Suresh Khanal
Suresh Khanal

Hi Kimberley,

You touched a very useful task on twitter. I created an account with name icttrends and now I'm more focused on seommotips but because I am already interracting and have some friends with that username, I'm scared to change it. I'm still confused, if I change my username, twitter will inform my followers, but is it necessary them to follow again or they are already following? If they need to follow me again, there certainly remains some riks of loosing a factor of my existing users.

Suresh Khanal
Suresh Khanal

Hi Kimberley,

You touched a very useful task on twitter. I created an account with name icttrends and now I'm more focused on seommotips but because I am already interracting and have some friends with that username, I'm scared to change it. I'm still confused, if I change my username, twitter will inform my followers, but is it necessary them to follow again or they are already following? If they need to follow me again, there certainly remains some riks of loosing a factor of my existing users.

KimJCastleberry
KimJCastleberry

At what step are you having trouble Ruby? What's going on?

Kim

KimJCastleberry
KimJCastleberry

Hey Paul, the buttons in my header are custom coded. Its a version of an ad-box up there. Such as how many themes can run a 420px ad up there. I added html to a similar box for the button icons and links. Sorry I can't be more helpful its one of the things I custom coded.

Kim

Kimberly Castleberry
Kimberly Castleberry

Those are great tips Jon and very true. We are visual recognition creatures for the most part and the visual congruency really helps!

Kimberly

Kimberly Castleberry
Kimberly Castleberry

Hey Kristina, thanks for dropping into comment. Yeah its super easy to change a twitter ID glad you found the post useful! Look forward to seeing you back :)

Kimberly

Kimberly Castleberry
Kimberly Castleberry

Yay, glad you got it sorted out and found that helpful. Be sure you set up gravatar for that new email account since your mug has gone missing LOL!

Kimberly

Kimberly Castleberry
Kimberly Castleberry

Suresh, I can understand the confusion. Let me see if I can explain better.

When you change your account name - all of your friends simply remain following you. Its as though they were always following you by that name. Keeping your picture the same will help them realize you're the same person with a new name, as will some announcement tweets. Everyone that was following you will remain following you and does not need to go take any action for them to remain so.

As long as you keep the same picture for a little while (for the visual learners) and do a few announcement tweets, most of your followers will be totally either cool with it or unaware anything was going on! Twitter really made this as nice as they could.

Kimberly

Suresh Khanal
Suresh Khanal

Thank you Kimberley. Its safe and I can switch anytime.

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