3 Ways to Pick a Great Twitter Name

So, you’ve decided to join Twitter and share your thoughts 140 characters at a time. Welcome, we think you made the right choice.

Now that you have made the decision to join one of the largest social networks, you have another big decision to make…what should your user name be? We have gathered 3 ways to help make that decision an easy one.

Keep it simple

I always tell people that the best possible Twitter name is simply…your name. There is no reason to add your favorite numbers or silly nicknames. Like a lot of things in life, keep it as simple as possible. When people are tweeting at you they don’t want to have to remember the silly extra digits or letter you’ve put in your Twitter name. Keep it simple. Keep it simple. Keep it simple.

Keep it short

Another great tip would be to keep it as short as possible. Twitter gives you up to 15 characters to create your name. This can be annoying, especially when @WebSuccessAgency is 16 characters long ;). ┬áBut it’s a good thing that Twitter limits users to make a LOOONG username that no one will remember.

Be creative

In a perfect world whatever username you need will be available, but unfortunately sometimes  that will not be the case. @YourCompanyName might already be taken, forcing you to get creative. There are a few ways to get around this. Try entering an underscore into the name like @Your_CompanyName. Another way of getting around this is to make something industry related. This is what we did with our company user name. Since @WebSuccessAgency was one character too long, we chose @MyWebSuccess.


Picking out your Twitter username is a very important decision. Make sure you really take time to be intentional about this step. If you follow our 3 steps of keeping it simple, keeping it short, and being creative when the ideal situation isn’t possible you should do just fine. As always, if you have any questions just let us know.

Thanks for reading,

Drew Larison