Your Social Media User Name - Is It Too Late?

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Education & Training with Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty

Seems there is always something new to be learned and discovered.  Twitter, FriendFeed, Online Webinars, the Information is flying around the WEB 2.0 World at high speeds and at high altitudes, but if you try to grab on to some of this stuff, it's amazing what you can learn from being connected to these Social Media Networking and Marketing platforms.  At todays webinar, we discussed your "User Names" and how they should be selected and used on the web.  A great site was mentioned that will search your name on multiple sites to see if it's available.  So why is this important?

The questions?

Is it too late?  Does someone else already have your user name or do you?  What should your user name be?  Your real name or a company?  Should it be your name with a title?  IE: BradRealtor?  Maybe a memorable slogan, or a cool phrase?  I can tell you this, when I forget anything about anybody, I just Google their name.  I think I even do this sub-consciously.  Today, it was suggested to lock up your "real name" to be used as your "Brand", and to capture that "name recognition" you deserve.  Who will find you?  Google will, your family will, your friends and neighbors will, and the people who search you out when your name comes up in certain circles will too.  Let me explain...

It's Your Name.  What's In A Name? 

Referral business for one.  If someone refers you to another person, how do they do it?  Your nick name, your company, your slogan or your catch-phrase?  No.  IMHO, I think in most cases people use other peoples names. Real names.  If I'm at dinner with friends, and you mention someone to me like Mary McCormick and her awesome site, I would probably remember her name before I would remember her site at: RealEstateLuxuryHomesInFlorida.com.  So what would I do when I got back home?  I'd Google her name.  How about you; would you ever do a search for ActiveBrad?  Exactly....

A Possible Tool $ Solution!

UserNameCheck.com is a website that can search many of the social networks and social media platforms. It searches sites to see where you can Brand your name, and snag it before someone else does.  Now I'm not saying you should go join all these sites, but do take stock in the ones you feel are beneficial to you, your on-line presence or your business. 

So now you're just one click away from making some important decisions... should I be using my real name and which places should I be doing it?  (seriously pondering right now...) Will people search me as Brad Andersohn or ActiveBrad or my former TheEscrowGuy?  Hmmm... guess I have the same dilemma as some of you...crap, I hate when this happens.  LOL~ 

Right Now, you're probably realizing like I am, that in some cases, it may be too late to change, even if your user name is available. The Google placement and SEO you've gained to this point, might not be worth losing...or is it???  It's like the same dilemma you have when deciding to change a phone number, or an email address.  What user name are you using on the Web, and is it getting you the best possible results?

Hopefully this post will catch some of you before it's too late....one way or the other.

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Don - thanks, I love you reading my Blog, what would I do if you didn't??  LOL~  Thanks!!  :-)

Dec 21, 2008 03:39 AM #77
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Agent Troy does have a nice ring to it... what's in a name?  Everything!!  :-)

Dec 21, 2008 03:41 AM #78
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Brad, this is a great tool.  Like Teri above, I've requested a change to my name.  I got a response, but it was never done.  Think you might be able to help me out?  It is heatherg and I'd like it changed to my name, heathergoodwin.

Dec 27, 2008 05:20 AM #79
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Brad,

 

Worthwhile article.

 

Donna DiPrima

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Nashua, NH

Dec 27, 2008 06:01 AM #80
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Heather - I made the change for you. Your Login name has been changed!  :-))

Dec 29, 2008 03:11 PM #81
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Donna - thank you, I'm glad you think so.  :-)

Dec 29, 2008 05:07 PM #82
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Brad, Brad, Brad.... now, you've gone and done it.  I never really thought about this, but apparently should have.  Hmmm... does it hurt our SEO if we change our AR username? The content is still the main draw, right?

Dec 29, 2008 06:48 PM #83
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Brad, thanks for the summary version and the good advice. Going to go get Terrylynn right now.

Dec 29, 2008 07:43 PM #84
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Jesse - won't hurt the SEO, but it will screw up all the links for a bit if you change now. 

Dec 31, 2008 09:32 AM #85
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check http://www.dialusername.com/

Jan 13, 2009 02:12 PM #86
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Hi Brad.  I have seen a repeated question, and it is one that I am fervently trying to find an answer to.  I never gave it a second thought when creating usernames here or on any site, and it seems like I have scoured AR for this answer.  There should definitely be some way AR can make it possible for us to change our user ID -- Is there one?  Hindsight (sp?) being what it is, I'd appreciate any info, even if it is not possible to change.  Thanks :)

Feb 07, 2009 03:20 AM #87
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Bev - Done!  Sent you an email as well.  Have a great weekend. :-)

Feb 07, 2009 05:15 AM #88
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Brad - As always, You make a good point! I was kicking myself for not using a good SEO "Keyword" as my username on several sites, AR included. Personally, I am bad remembering names, but will always remember "ActiveBrad" and "Broker Bryant" over your Full names, and would be able to search google easy and find you both using the "Aliases".

But now I will have to "headache" through figuring out which way I want it, "Name" or "Keywords", "NAME" or "KEYWORDS"... AAAHHHH!!!!

How about BOTH! user: JasonDaley-UtahRealEstate

I tried it and it will work on some-to-most of the sites on http://checkusernames.com/ but a lot of them come up with a length error, since some are limited to 15-20 characters.

Choices, Choices, Choices...  :)

Mar 10, 2009 04:38 AM #89
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I am just glad I have a unique name!!!

Mar 10, 2009 04:39 PM #90
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check http://www.dialusername.com/

Apr 03, 2009 09:27 PM #91
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Phillip - very cool site, thanks.  :-)

Apr 06, 2009 10:35 AM #92
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Ronnie Margolis
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Well, i found this post when searching on how to change my AR username and its like you were reading my mind. That's just how you roll i guess. Thanks for the info... Aloha from Kauai

May 12, 2009 06:04 PM #93
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Ronnie - haha...yep, that's how I roll!  Aloha my friend.  :-)

May 13, 2009 02:36 AM #94
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Brad, This is pretty cool as I did get into trouble when asked to join gtalk, which uses your gmail account. I've finally started lining up all my identities as Tina Gleisner ... how do I change AR from tinag to tinagleisner? and any advice on finding out who has tinagleisner@gmail.com as there's 90% chance it's me but I can't get into it to reclaim? Thanks for any & all help.

Jul 23, 2009 10:48 AM #95
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Tina - That's an admin feature only.  I can change your user name here but some of your links will be lost if I do.  For example, when I changed mine from activerain.com/bandersohn to activerain.com/ActiveBrad, all the links pointing to bandersohn were lost.  If you don't have too much to lose, let me know, and I'll be happy to change your user name here.  I'll wait to hear from you, thanks. :-)

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