Branding Yourself Online – Check Your Social Media User Name Availability

Do you struggle with branding yourself on line? As a branding expert, I find social media challenging from a branding standpoint in that my name means something totally different to about 99% of the population under 30. (In case you’re over 30 and have been living under a rock, Chris Brown is an extremely popular hip hop, R&B singer/entertainer.)

Imagine my delight when I found a website that can check, in just seconds, the availablity of user names on social media sites. Usernamecheck.com helps you find out where your username is registered and checks user name availablity across multiple websites very quickly. UPDATE 3/2509 – UserNameCheck site is down with a placeholder from godaddy holding it’s spot. Too ba, it was a cool ap! Does anyone know of a similar site? thanks!

That said, I’ve decided to change my Twitter branding from CMcBrown to ChrisBrown330 which is both my area code & my birthday… http://twitter.com/ChrisBrown330. I didn’t realize that it was so easy to change my name: Change your Twitter user name anytime without affecting your existing updates, @replies, direct messages, or other data. After changing it, make sure to let your followers know so you’ll continue receiving all of your messages with your new user name.

Hat tip to Norma Rist for telling me about it and TechSpikes for helping me find the link.

Author: Chris Brown

Business owner operating a marketing consulting firm. Online Publisher. Keynote Speaker.

9 thoughts on “Branding Yourself Online – Check Your Social Media User Name Availability”

  1. Not to be a wet blanket, but I’m not sure changing to ChrisBrown330 is such a great idea. It reminds me of aol and hotmail addresses like sherry106 and mike1052. It just seems like you wanted to be ChrisBrown and 329 people beat you to it.

  2. Hi Chris, I know how you feel. I had been using just, Robyn, to comment. One day someone else did that, too. So I decided to extend it to Robyn Mc. Well that didn’t work because this person’s last name was a Mc with a different ending. So now I use my full name and stick with the same icon so that people know me.

    At any rate, given the whole world out there, it’s a little humbling to think so many others might share our name. :-)

    By the way, I’d love to connect with you on twitter. Would you please share your twitter address?

  3. Robyn: My twitter name is now ChrisBrown330.

    Matt: You’ve got a point, but 330 is both my area code and my birthday. But like most things marketing, if you have to explain it, it’s not the best! I keep thinking about your comment.

    Melanie: I think branding yourself by your product or company is fine if that is what you’re going to be posting about all the time.

  4. Chris, I think the link for usernamecheck.com is no longer in service. When I clicked, I got a GoDaddy parked page with lots of ads. Just thought you’d like the “heads up.” Other than that, great post.

  5. Guys, the usernamecheck.com seem to be up again.
    The problem is that the list of Social Marketing sites is a bit outdated.

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