Wednesday Wing #TwitterTips Change your Twitter Handle, catch all tweets @AlisonW_Editor #wwwblogs

Are you catching all tweets relevant to you? Do you wish you could change your Twitter Handle?

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Alison Williams explains how an easy to find name, set up correctly, REALLY is useful.

Alison Williams

Changing your Twitter username – easy steps

When I first braved Twitter I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. Social media in all its various forms has been a huge learning curve for me. And as time has gone on, I’ve realised that I got some things wrong.

One mistake I made when I set up my Twitter account was with choosing my twitter username/handle. I wanted to use my actual name and unfortunately I have a really common name, so Alison Williams wasn’t available, and neither were any variations using numbers that weren’t far too complicated to use. So I decided to use a capital ‘i’ in place of one of the ‘L’s in Williams. Sorted.

Problems arose however when I was tagged in a tweet. For example, a book reviewer reviewed my novel and posted the review on her blog. She tweeted the review and included my username in the tweet. But she assumed that my twitter username was @AlisonWilliams. Of course, it actually wasn’t. So I didn’t see that tweet and therefore couldn’t retweet it. This means I lost out on sharing that review with a lot of people. The same thing happened when an editing client tweeted how pleased she was with the work I did for her – she asked me a few days later why I hadn’t retweeted. I lost out on some free advertising there.

I realised that I needed to change my username to something that, first of all, people could spell correctly, and secondly that would lead people to me on Twitter. So I decided to change my username to @AlisonW_Editor

This means that people tend to copy and paste the username when including me in a tweet, meaning that it can’t be spelled incorrectly. It also means that anyone looking for an editor on Twitter is more likely to find me.

Changing your username is really simple to do. Just go to your Twitter profile, use the drop down menu to select ‘settings’, and change the username listed in the username field. Click ‘save changes’ and you’re done. It doesn’t affect anything on your account; you keep all your followers, and all your past tweets, favourites and lists are still there.

The only issue I had was with my WordPress blog. My account is set up so that when I publish a new post, a tweet is instantly generated. Despite me disconnecting and then reconnecting my Twitter account, the old username refused to budge. It was time to call in some extra help – my twenty-year-old son! Who worked it out in a couple of minutes.

As with a lot of things on WordPress, the simple things are often the hardest to find. So if you have a WordPress blog and want to connect your Twitter handle or have changed your Twitter username, here’s what you need to do:

  • Go to WP Admin
  • On the left hand side under ‘Settings’ you’ll see ‘sharing’ – click this
  • Scroll down until you see: ‘Twitter username to include in tweets when people share using the Twitter button’
  • In the box alongside this enter your new Twitter username.
  • Save changes

And you’re ready to go.

Tip: Make your Twitter Handle as close to your “Author” name (or Business Name) as possible so fans can easily follow you.

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42 thoughts on “Wednesday Wing #TwitterTips Change your Twitter Handle, catch all tweets @AlisonW_Editor #wwwblogs

  1. Great post, Alison (and thank goodness for tech-savvy kids!) 😉 I knew I wanted to use my name when choosing a twitter handle but it was taken so I chucked on the year I was born at the end (@ShelleyWilson72). The only trouble is some people think I’m actually 72 and had a lot of botox!!

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  2. SUCH a good idea for a post, Alison! I’ve told so many people, make sure you’re searchable – I’ve seen so many authors who make their Twitter name the name of their first book, which causes all sorts of problems. I decided on TerryTyler4 rather than Terry_Tyler because I thought the underscore would make for more wrong tagging, but I can imagine the difficulty when you have a very usual name. I think the answer with Twitter handles is to keep it simple and recognisable, not clever and mysterious, tempting though it is to choose a word that means something else to you.

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  3. I was lucky and was the first person to get the handle ‘@IckyTemperance’.
    I’m sure there are a lot of disappointed folks out there that wanted this designation. 😉

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  4. Excellent tips as usual. Thank you. May I add one? I just learned this the other day and thought it would be helpful. When you use “&” to try to save space, Twitter automatically turns that into “&” so we’re actually using 5 characters rather than 1. So the tip is to use “+” instead.

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  5. I stick to @carolJhedges because I have enough trouble remembering things at the best of times. Also my books etc are Carol Hedges…ditto my Amazon Account. Mind, I have flirted with @FiFiLaChatte …but it just isn’t me. The most confusing thing is when a writer with a pen name is on Twitter under their own name and the pen name. …still, as Shakespeare said: What’s in a name….?

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  6. Great advice, Alison. I didn’t realize it was so easy to change your Twitter handle. I’ll give that some thought because my handle has an underscore in it and I think the other Elizabeth Hein (a woman in WI) is sick of getting my tweets.

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  7. Thanks for sharing this great info. I wasn’t aware that by changing our twitter name we wouldn’t lose our followers. The only problem with it is if we have put our twitter link in our books, we’d also have to take off our books and change the links and redownload. 🙂

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  8. Thank you for this. I’ve been wanting to change my Twitter name for a while, but didn’t want to go through the hassle of looking it up … most of the time, you can’t find clear instruction anyway. Now I have it. 🙂
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