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I am an avid Facebook user (no flaming please!) so I'm not a stranger to social networking. On Facebook I am myself, with my real name, although my picture is a cartoon.
What is the etiquette with Twitter? Should I choose my real name as my username or not?
With Facebook, no-one but my friends can see my incoherent ramblings, but with Twitter, I think they will/should be public, won't they? Which makes me worry about whether I should remain anonymous.
I read one blog post that said the professional way to go is to use your real name, but not if you're going to talk about your shopping list. And I can't promise I won't :)
What do you guys reckon? Are you Twitter people? Got any tips for a n00b?
I think it depends a lot on why you are using it, and who you want to be able to identify you on there. If you are looking to mainly add personal contacts you could go with a nickname that people would know about you, if it is more business related contacts you may want to go with your real name, business name or derivation thereof. Unlike most sites Twitter also allows you to change your name, so you are not tied to yur first incarnation.
joined:June 15, 2001
If I sign up to anything I try and get mack or a suitable varient.
why mack?... well my real surname is McIntyre pronounced Mackintyre mack just flows better.
Twitter has major problems with username spam. Not to mention anyone who may not like you who decides to launch a Social Media Reputation Bomb against you.
Then, decide which of the two you are going to become. ;)
On Facebook I have both a work and personal profile, both using my real name. Sometimes if people stumble across the wrong one, I just point them in the right direction :)
it seems the rest of the world has!
I hate it, I really don't like the interface and the way getting coherent conversations together just doesn't seem to happen. It shouldn't take much programming to get all those @ messages to line up in a single, threaded conversation. And don't get me started about the search.
I don't see the choice of username as any different from joining any other forum. In five years Twitter could be as obsolete as Friends Reunited.
I registered just for fun to read what Lance Armstrong and Shaq has to say everyday.
May be in the future will become a good tool for web marketing but I'm skeptical about it...
Facebook has status updates and so much more
If you take a look at the discussion going on over at [webmasterworld.com ] you will see that the status update isn't called that any more, and it looks like they are trying to become more like twitter.
Not sure if this is a good thing though. Having now experienced both I think that Facebook is more useful than Twitter for me in general. IMHO Twitter is just a good way of following celebs, and not a good way to have a coherent conversation with someone. And the new Facebook design seems less coherent too :(
Seeing this thread reminded me it was something I probably should look into.
So, I went there in my usual browser, FireFox . . . and immediately noticed the page was kind of broken, what is intended to be a round-cornered top of the box is hanging up and to the left . . .
Despite my disdain, I started looking around . . . and there's nowhere to join.
What the heck? No big and pretty Web 2.0 buttons, it's not even in the plain text links at the bottom, no link to join or register . . . .
So I fired up Internet Destroyer and punched in the URL . . . well now, the page looks like it's REALLY broken . . but there in the space between their graphics and the quotes is a big JOIN button.
So if this is an I.E.-only crowd, I'm not interested. :-) Maybe another day.