A few weeks ago I wrote an article asking “What Twitter Name Should Jack Use?” I wanted your help in deciding whether or not to change my Twitter name from @web_guy to @JackLeblond. While the concensus was by far in favor of the change, there were a few folks with a valid reasoning to leave it alone.
I decided to follow the majority of advice, switched over a few days later and never looked back.
Today while attending the eMarketing seminar at InnoTech Austin, my decision was proven to be the right one – multiple times.
I was fortunate enough to actually meet several people from my tweet stream, and a few more that follow people that follow me. The spark of recognition when I introduced my self was obvious. I have no doubt in my mind that had I stayed with @web_guy on twitter, those people I met today would have had no clue who I was. Yes, we may have figured it out eventually, but that immediate recognition helped to jump start conversations because we already (sort of) knew each other.
Related article – you may want to read So you’ve decided to join Twitter…now what?