Getting your actual name in your social media accounts is hard. For example:
My website is mitchellkarr.com
My Facebook is facebook.com/mitchellkarr
My Twitter is twitter.com/KarrMitchell
Find the one that is not like the other. That last one is probably one of the most irritating things that has ever happened to me. To make it worse, the individual who “owns” my name on Twitter hasn’t tweeted since October 30, 2012.
Consistency in this area is incredibly important now that profiles are being used more and more for practically everything, from resumes to getting connected in a company. If someone is looking for you, their going to look for your name, not “dancergurl22″ or whatever stupid name you picked out in the sixth grade.
Luckily, there’s a tool that I’ve recently found very useful in determining what’s available and it’s called NameCHK. Simply type in your desired name and it scans over 80 different networks to see if your name is available on each one. You get instant and easy to read feedback and it is a great tool.
For starters, you should own your real name on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest. Those are the “big five” in my opinion. If you can’t get your real name, use something logical like your last name first.
So go see if your name is available and if it is, snap it up before someone else gets it!