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February 2, 2008 / compassioninpolitics

What is in a Social Media Screenname: The Complete Guide

What makes a great social media name? Here are eight key principles that every person who is getting into social media or blogging should consider in this new web 2.0 world:

• 18 characters or less will generally allow you to keep your screenname consistent.

• You generally want to keep it the same across platforms so people can easily find you.

• Your name should convey your identity if possible. This helps for identity, community, and SEO.

• Make it intersting.  Make it sing.  Make it memorable.

•  Generally aim for the niche.  Can you say long tail?

• Catchy, funny, or cool.

• Consider creating a separate e-mail address for social media and blogging. Again screenname consistency can be helpful.

• Consider changing your instant messaging identity to reflect your new identity.

Thoughts? Additions or amendments?

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