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Changing your twitter handle / username / nickname



I seriously thought that once you have chosen a username on twitter, it cannot be changed at all. I was wrong. If you would like to change your username on twitter (often called your twitter handle or nickname) this is what you need to do.

Make sure you are logged in and go to the twitter homepage. In the top right you will see your user logo.

Twitter username

Hover your mouse over it and then click this logo. You will see the following dropdown menu appear.

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Click on the settings menu here. It will take you to the following URL –
https://twitter.com/settings/account
(Alternately you can skip the above two steps and go directly to the URL above. You can click the above link to open the edit page in a new window.)

Your twitter handle will be seen. All you need to do is put in your new desired twitter handle here. When you finish typing it in this box you will get a small note on top stating if the username is available.

Twitter username

Keep trying till you get the message “Available!”.

Twitter handle change

Now scroll down and hit save. You will get a prompt for your password. Enter it and click OK. Your username and twitter handle and your twitter URL is now new!

Now go to your new twitter URL – https://twitter.com/newhandle

In the right you will see an edit profile option – click it.

twitter - edit profile

This is where you can change your twitter name (Full name as it is displayed) and your description. You can also change your header image and logo / profile picture to reflect your new handle. Hit save and you are good to go with your new handle.

All your tweets are preserved and your followers will still see your tweets.

However there are some downsides in changing your handle:
1. Your twitter URL will change to reflect your new handle. So all old weblinks, bookmarks, etc will not work. I assume that this means that your embedded tweets will also not work.

2. Your old handle will be available for other users to claim. Its a good idea to create a new twitter account and claim that username so that you can redirect users to your new account just in case. Click here to see how you can create another twitter ID with the same email ID!

Did you change your twitter ID? Let me know!



Get rid of those Google ads that know what you do online

Google Ads is probably the most popular ad options that websites use to monetise themselves. Almost everyone you know has a google account. One of the things that freak me out is that after I have surfed through a few related websites or hunted for hotels or searched for things to buy online, all the google ads on various other websites seem to know that I have done this and display ads that continue to throw suggestions of resorts to stay in, clothes to buy, coffee to drink, places to visit, etc. Some of these are the exact product I have been trying to buy. While at the outset this may seem useful, it feels as if someone is snooping on me and google seems to invade my life!

This is via a set of cookies that google uses to track your websites and searches which it may link to the google account you are logged in to. Using this google ads that are relevant to your surfing pattern are displayed.

I prefer turning this off to feel more secure and there is indeed a way to do this.

  1. Go to https://www.google.com/settings/ads
    You can login to your account if needed. You will see this note
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  2. To control y=the ads seen whenever you are logged into your google account, see the next section and turn it off. There is a clear explanation of what the “on” and “off” options are. This ensures that whenever google detects that you are logged into your account, it will serve fairly random ads and not based on your settings or browsing history. Once you turn it off in one device, it saves this preference throughout all devices and browsers  that use this account
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  3. If you want to turn off the relevant ads in the browser irrespective of whether you are on a google site or signed it, look at the next option and click on “Control signed out ads”
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  4. This will take you to the page which shows this explanation and gives you two options under that:
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  5. The first option is with respect to ads displayed on sites that are not related to google. Turn it off.
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  6. The next option underneath that is to turn off search ads. If it is on (like shown in this screenshot) turn it off:
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  7. Do this on every browser of every device you use.

Google now will not display ads based on the sites you visit and the searches you do. This will leave you feeling less stalked and more secure! Of course, if you love seeing relevant ads, you don’t need to change anything. Google will stalk you and claim that it does not store any information.

Did you find this useful? Or would you like to add some more information? Please do leave a comment!

Adding adsense, adhitz, chitika to your blogjob blog

One of the nice things about BlogJob is that while you earn 50 points for a blog entry with more than 300 words, you can also add your own ads to the blog. This can result in additional earnings to your account at google adsense, chitika or adhitz if interested readers click on your ads. Right now Blogjob will show your ad  75% of the time while their own adsense will be shown 25% of the time. This is a very good ratio as it gives a really good chance to get your ads viewed.

Step 1: Create a site

To do this look at the menu links on top of any blogjob page and see the “Sites” menu. If you hover your mouse over it the option “Create a site” drops down. Click on this.

Create a site

You will be taken to: https://blogjob.com/sites/create/

Here fill in the preferred site name, title, etc and your site should be created automatically. This takes a total of less than twenty seconds!! You can then play around with the themes, layout, etc.

Step 2: See the dashboard menu

Go to your site. The URL will be blogjob.com/yoursite

On the top, black menu bar you will see your blog name. Hover your mouse over this and the drop down menu will have the dashboard option. Click on this.

Dash

On the right side menu options (in the black vertical column) you will see an option called “Settings”. If you place your mouse over this a submenu will open which will show an option “Advertising”. Click on this.

Advertising

This will take you to the link https://blogjob.com/yoursitename/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=user-advertising

ad URL

 

You will see two boxes you can put ad codes in.
“Before” Ad Code: Used before post and page content.
“After” Ad Code: Used after post and page content.

You can put your adsense, chitika or adjitz codes in both these text boxes. Don’t forget to delete what is already in the boxes. Avoid ads that will cause popups, fly in ads or clutter the page. Avoid Revenuehits.

Now go ahead and blog away like crazy. The more visitors you get  on your site, the more page impressions for your ads and possibly more clicks!

Hope you found this useful. Please do leave a comment if you did. If you have any queries let me know.

Multiple twitter accounts with one email ID

You may want to have multiple twitter IDs for different purposes – work related, fun, personal, for links or for a million other reasons. One of the pains with this is that you need a unique email ID for each account. You may have tried email redirect services for this, but this too means that you have to sign up for multiple email IDs.

There’s a quick workaround for this and you can use a single GMAIL ID to sign up for multiple twitter accounts. This is based on a gmail feature where yourname@gmail.com and your.name@gmail.com both can be accessed if you sign in to the yourname@gmail.com ID. Basically you can insert a period (.) anywhere in your username at gmail and it still shows up in your original gmail inbox. Twitter will however identify them as separate email IDs and hence  you can sign up for multiple twitter accounts.

So if your id is yourname@gmail.com, then you can use multiple IDs for seven twitter accounts with:
y.ourname@gmail.com
yo.urname@gmail.com
your.name@gmail.com
yourn.ame@gmail.com
yourna.me@gmail.com
yournam.e@gmail.com
yourname@gmail.com

So if you have a long username then the possibilities are more!

So email sent to any of the following IDs:
y.ourname@gmail.com
yo.urname@gmail.com
your.name@gmail.com
yourn.ame@gmail.com
yourna.me@gmail.com
yournam.e@gmail.com
yourname@gmail.com

can be accessed when you login with the username “yourname@gmail.com”. This means that for activating your multiple twitter handles, you can just use the multiple options and all the activation emails, further notifications, updates and messages from all the twitter handles will be delivered to your main gmail account.

The problem is if you ever need to email twitter about something it becomes difficult as all the emails can be sent from your main ID only. However you rarely need to contact twitter at all.

You can also use this little trick to sign up for multiple accounts in other services like tumblr, etc and make all your activations and notifications more streamlined and accessible from a single gmail login.

This method is not illegal and I see no harm in using it at all as having multiple twitter accounts is perfectly legal.

Did you enjoy this little tip? Please leave a comment below!

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