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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!

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.

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