Avoiding Headaches With Social Networks Usernames
Prime 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.
- Exxon Mobil failed to claim their name on Twitter and was forced to deal with reputation management problems, when animposter started tweeting using @ExxonMobilCorp.
- Jack Canfield, founder and CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, had to take a different user name because he didn’t act quickly enough to secure his full name (he has @J_Canfield, not@JackCanfield).
- The same thing happened to web developer community and book publisher SitePoint, which was forced to settle for @sitepointdotcom, rather than @sitepoint.
Twitter handles have become so important, that there is now even an aftermarket for them, Tweexchange, where user names are bought and sold.
“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.
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