Avoiding Headaches With Social Networks Usernames

twitter-username-birdPrime domain names, especially those ending in “.com,” have long been desirable, hard to find and extremely expensive. With Social  Networks gaining popularity, it’s no surprise that  account names are starting to be treated like domain names.

Twitter handles have become so important, that there is now even an aftermarket for them, Tweexchange, where user names are bought and sold.

There are over  100 social media networks out there. Which one should you use to communicate with my target markets? as Gary Veynerchuck said during the Web 2.0 Expo in New York:

“All of them.” says Gary Vaynerchuk, “You need to connect with them anyway you can, everywhere you can, as often as you can. That is essential. That interaction is essential.”

This goes without saying that you don’t need a profile to sites with irrelevant users. But you should be worried about all the rest. Which network will be the next big thing? Which one will be the next Facebook? Better to have your personal or brands handle forehand.

Check out the availability of your personal or brands handle from Namechk.com in popular social networks.

“You can’t truly own your personal brand if you don’t even own your Twitter handle.”

2 Responses

  1. Thanks Florian!

    I wouldn’t be suprised if Adidas would buy that Twitter handle for $1000 or more. That really depends if the current holder of this username is willing to sell it. Maybe he or she has a cleaver strategy for holding on to that username and wait until Twitter is more popular and therefore earn more money out of this sale. I personally think that Twitter is slowly loosing its popularity among regular people and is more of a playground for marketing-oriented people.

  2. adidas failed as well! http://twitter.com/adidas

    http://ud.com nameck is another great tool for checking domain names, social usernames and trademarks.


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