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• Thursday, October 02nd, 2008

I started using Twitter a few months ago while doing research for a company project and quickly became  addicted.  It was not long before I started contributing regularly, following others and being followed.  All good.

When I signed up, I used “web_guy,” a nick-name I was given years ago and have used on various sites and projects.  At the time I was not concerned with the “genericness” of it because I actually wanted to be an unknown.  However, since then I have become much more active.  Not only on Twitter, but also here and a few other sites.

My plan is to move back to New England, preferably Maine, sometime in the next 6-10 years.  It seems fairly obvious to me that the odds of getting a “Wow!” job offer would be improved if people new me, knew my name.  It is after all my “brand.”  If you Google “Jack Leblond,”  most of the top results are actually me.  However, if you Google “web_guy,” only a few of the results are for me.  (That may have just answered the question for me)

So, what do you think I should do on Twitter?

Should I;

  1. Stick with what I have built and continue to use “web_guy”
    or
  2. Pull a “longhornkate” and change it to my real name?

UPDATE:  I changed my Twitter name

If you are new to Twitter, you may want to look at So you’ve decided to join Twitter…now what?

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4 Responses

  1. 1
    Kate Morris  //

    I am going to agree with the people that convinced me to change mine. Getting your name out there is a big thing. And something as general as Web_Guy is easy to forget. But Jack Leblond they have on the card, the website, etc. I am slowly changing mine over … but it has been well worth it so far. :)

  2. 2
    Jen  //

    Hmmm… that’s a toughie. I have been using my “handle” for some time, and people know me by both. But it’s slightly more unique.

    Using a “handle” gives you a little more flexibility – separating your personal and “business” lives. So there are pros and cons for both.

  3. 3
    Patrick  //

    I was just asking myself this same question. I just started a blog, http://www.startbloggingonline.com and a twitter account, startblogginon. They don’t even match. :( Search my name and my site comes up first. search “start blogging” and you get dozens. The blog is only about a week old, so there isn’t any traffic so switching to my name site won’t cost me any readers. I guess it comes down to what I’m promoting: Me, or my blog.

    Thanks for the post. i’ll be reading more.

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