Published on 13th Jan, 2009 in Online Marketing
How to Change Your Twitter Username
As I work on changing my last name (from Hyder to Kabani), I have to give serious thought to my personal online brand. Most people know me as Shama Hyder, and I struggled with the decision to change it. Then, it occured to me that there aren’t many Shama(s) out there, so I could just brand my first name. I promptely went out and bought Shama.Tv and proceeded to see if Twitter.com/Shama was available.It wasn’t. But, it hadn’t been used for over a year. I remember Biz Stone (co founder of Twitter) saying that if an account hadn’t been used for 9 months, I could email Twitter support and ask them to make the switch. This was last October. I submitted ticket after support ticket to Twitter support-but to no avail. Then, finally, @admore on Twitter pointed me to this great article on how to snap up a twitter name.So, I followed the SAME process and now, I am officially on Twitter as @Shama.Here is what I did:1. Emailed email@example.com and provided them with:
- the username I wanted
- my current username
- answered whether I wanted to KEEP my current account and add this one or switch it over (while retaining my followers and messages). I chose to switch it over.