Personal web presence is increasingly crucial in our current digital world. It should come as no surprise then that the username you choose for social accounts, like Twitter, is more improtant than ever. As with all things, change is inevitable, so if you decide for whatever reason to change your Twitter name, you should be able to do so with losing your web identity.
Change or merge Twitter accounts
Reasons can be numerous, maybe you originally had separate personal and business Twitter accounts and wish to merge them, or perhaps you changed your business name, or are the type of person that just likes to change things up. No big deal…it turns out you can do exactly that following just a few simple steps.
- While logged into your Twitter account select Settings
- In the Account tab, Username field, enter the new Twitter name you desire (Twitter will tell you quickly if it is available or not). Password confirmation may be required.
Your twitter name is now changed, all followers are retained…too easy? Not so fast, as cautioned by this note from Twitter help center:
NOTE: Changing your username will not affect your existing followers, Direct Messages, or @replies. Your followers will simply see a new username next to your profile photo when you update. We suggest you send out an update to your followers before you change your username, because any @replies or Direct Messages sent to your old username will not be associated with your account once you’ve switched to your new username.
In plain English this means any links on the interwebs to your old Twitter profile page or links to your old account, or new mentions/replies/etc to the old account will not carry over. Unless you were to, for example, create a new Twitter account using the old Twitter name you just abandoned.
Simple Solution Indeed
Yep, it’s as easy as that; create a new Twitter account with your newly junked username, thereby snapping it up for your use! The only caveat is that you must sign up with a different email address, so be sure you are not using your primary email address here.
Once the new account is activated, update your Twitter profile page within the settings to point to one of the following:
- Google+ page (If you’re on Google+ and/or interested in showing up in search results)
- Your new Twitter profile
- Your website or blog URL
Lastly, tweet once so that folks visiting here know you have moved. Perhaps
“I have a new Twitter name; please follow me @JoshGatesPDX Thanks!”
That’s It And That’s All
Now you’re done. Your Twitter name is changed, you’ve maintained your followers while creating a parking page so that none of your old messages and other Twitter efforts turn into garbage.