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8 Things To Consider When Changing Your Name Online

Changing Your Name or Username Online

This post is really for the ladies who may need to change their name online over their lifetimes. Men too can change their names – it’s a matter of going to probate court here in the Unites States. This is not an easy task if you are online with usernames but it can be done. I’m still in the process of changing mine.

It is also a great reminder for anyone when setting up email names and / or social network accounts. Think about your username carefully! Some websites / networks you cannot change your name or the URL you originally started with!

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Which Networks Make It Hard Changing Your Name?

Google Plus – For some reason you cannot change the URL of your Google Plus Profile URL. I could change my last name but NOT the URL. I found this quite frustrating. SO maybe use something else for your URL if you have not yet joined Google Plus.

Tsu nameTSU – I had to wait 30 days to change my username on this new social network. Just something to consider if you haven’t joined them yet. Did you know TSU is now 2 million members strong? This stat just came out on one of the newest social networks to emerge in 2014.

Facebook – The biggest social network was probably the easiest to change but one thing to beware of – Your Facebook URL will be changed and if you used any posts from Facebook, the links will be broken. An easy fix though here on WordPress.

twitter nameTwitter – I really wanted to change my Twitter handle to Lisapats but it was already taken by someone who never used it. They set it up in 2009 and only had 1 tweet. They were chilling. I think that person is still chilling since they have tweeted since. I thought of adding a number or two to it but learned that is not a professional looking Twitter handle. What do you think about that? 

LinkedIn – LinkedIn was simple like Facebook and the URL was the same way. You must change the URL of any links you have pointing to it after changing your profile name.

GMail – A difficult one! You cannot change your gmail account but you can start another. The only problem I really have with this is the Google Plus, I didn’t want to start another Google Plus account and I don’t think I will. I’d love to hear  from anyone who has gone through this one for their email, etc.

Instagram – I have not changed my username yet on this site but did change up the profile. I had a concern if I would loser followers by doing that. More research is needed before I attempt to change it if it is available.

Where Else Should Your Name Be Changed Online?

Emails – If you change your email address and change them on the social networks be sure to verify your new email address when the emails pop in.

Bookmarking Sites and Other Networking Places – I have not yet delved into all of these but places like Broaded.net, Klout, Empire Avenue, Blog Her, etc. just to name a few places that your name should also be changed.

Name Change Starts Conversations

I can’t tell you how many interesting converstions came about from my recent name change, in person, at work and online. Some people thought I remarried, others didn’t know what to make of it. One customer actually called me to be sure it was my voice, the Lisa that they knew. Another emailed me, “I don’t mean to ask a personal question but why the name change?” I wrote back “Well, I am a person and it’s okay to get personal with me” and then I went on to explain that I had gotten divorced a year earlier but hadn’t the time to change the name til after my mom’s passing and getting things in order to do it. I had been putting off knowing how much work it would be offline and online to make the change.

Have you had to change your name? How did you go about it?

Or did you change a username when you changed your blogs or website’s name?

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29 Responses to 8 Things To Consider When Changing Your Name Online

  • Hi Lisa,

    Finally got a chance to read your post. This is great info. Although I don’t need to change my name presently on anything, I would like to change my Facebook name. When I originally came online I put a business name as my handle, but didn’t know anything about business. Now that FB account is more personal. I need to change the name and this is good info.

    Thanks very much for writing such a post. It’s good info for everyone to know.

    Barbara

    • Lisa
      Twitter:
      says:

      Hi Barbara, I know how that goes with time :) thank you.
      Changing your name on Facebook should be easy unless someone else has it, love to know how you make out with it.
      Thanks for coming by and have a wonderful day!

  • Hi Lisa,

    First thing I want to say is this: Are people stupid or what? They’ve never heard of a name change before? Especially for a female? That question you’ve got is weird to me to say the least. Duh!!!

    Here is my story about name change and one that told me to never again change my name.

    When I got married it took me about 2 weeks to get a strange name (meaning one of a stranger, also called a husband), however, when I got divorced, it took me a year to get my maiden name back (meaning the one I was born with :)). I remember that they kept my SS card for a year, so while I still had a number I didn’t have an actual card for all that time.

    I couldn’t believe it, but that’s when I decided to never change my name again, no matter how many times I’d marry :)

    I am not surprise that it’s not easy to change your name online, as indeed, many times a username or url cannot be changed.

    Thanks for using this experience of yours to let us know that.
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  • Pawan Kumar
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    Hey Lisa, this is an interesting read of the day and I’m going to share it with my followers. I must agree with the fact you added here which should be considered while changing names of our digital profile. Unless you’re a brand face, chances of getting forget are high once you’ve done changing your name.. This decision must be taken considering lots of facts..
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  • Rohan Bhardwaj
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    Hi Lisa,

    Yes sometimes it happens that we find i tough to change names online.

    Regarding your twitter name, it will look professional. Just add something unique to your personality. For example, most fo the celebrities name had been taken so they added a twist and it looks professional.

    For example, since Amitabh_bacchan was taken, he named his twitter profile as SRbacchan since he is senior in industry.

    Try and you will find one.

    Take care. :)
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  • Adrienne
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hey Lisa,

    I won’t be changing my name. Yep, Smith is my married name but I kept it only because when I got divorced 25 years ago the phone books were still around if you’ll remember. My maiden name is very unique so we were the only ones in that town with that name. I went to an unlisted number but still had people finding me. I thought at least this way they’ll have a problem finding me with the last name of Smith.

    I’ve kept my maiden name only because I don’t have a middle name so I made it my middle name. I also told my parents that I was so tired of spelling my first and last name all the time. No one ever got them right.

    I can only imagine now being online everything that you would have to change and there will people some ladies out there still needing to change theirs. Appreciate you putting this together and telling us what to expect. I’m sure it was a big chore.

    Enjoy what’s left of your weekend and hope your year started off well.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Lisa
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      Hi Adrienne, very interesting. You always have a good story to share :) That waas a good idea to keep your name for those reasons. I do remember the phone books. Now I just put them in the recycle bin. You are welcome and I hope it does help some folks out there that may have to change theirs or who are thinking about it. I had a great weekend and am trying to get back in the swing. I hope you are doing well Adrienne and getting the stuff done that is needed at home.
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  • Sarah Arrow
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    says:

    I find the whole name change process discrimnatory. To set up an account on any of the networks you don’t need to prove who you are, but to change after divorce or marriage nearly always means having to prove you are you! And it affects women more than men!

    I changed my name on Twitter and mine was free, so it was easy enough. However, FB is a different kettle of fish and I never truly got to change it to what I wanted.

    Your post is really, really useful for when people have to go through this, and use your post as a guideline.
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  • donna merrill
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    Hi Lisa,

    What a handy list you have given us for a name change. Thank goodness I changed my name three times with three different marriages before the internet was around he he he. But if I had to do it now, it would be a project.

    You have given us great advice of how to do it and I appreciate that to share with others. What a job, but one that needs to be done. And I’m sure that it was a big conversation attraction. I was sitting back quietly wondering why you changed your name. But I just figured you would tell us when you wanted to in due time :)

    Thanks and I will surely blast this one out to the social sites.

    -Donna
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    • Lisa
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      says:

      Hi Donna, Thank you. Oh my – lucky you it was before the internet. It certainly is a project as I’m not totally complete with mine. It really is a conversation attraction. I’ve gotten to know others well too as they share their stories. I did it because I got divorced. I didn’t do it at time of final divorce which is a long story but wanted to change it since and finally got the time to get around to it after my mom’s death.
      You are welcome welcome Donna and I appreciate your coming by to comment on this one. By the way, your last post was so Inspiring!!! Enjoy the rest of the week.
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  • Mayura
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Love this response of yours ~ “Well, I am a person and it’s okay to get personal with me” 😉

    Now this is something uncommon, but isn’t it beautiful how that experience turned into a post? :) I can’t speak for all the social networks you have mentioned, but did you try changing your Google+ nickname from Account settings? I’ve changed it once for a friend of mine without any questions being asked.

    Plus, if you wanna change your Twitter username and if the desired username is already in use for a inactive account, you can contact Twitter Support and ask them if you can change your username to that. If that user doesn’t seem to use that Twitter account (inactive for a long time), I think they will consider after contacting that user via email. I’m not sure as I haven’t done that myself, but I recall reading a similar story in a forum a few years back :) Still… you can give it a shot, eh?

    Talking about Gmail, you can create a new account with a new Google+ account, but then delete the new Google+ profile while keeping your new Gmail account :)

    Hope you can try ’em out if you didn’t already and start 2015 with new usernames 😉

    Wish you a very Happy New Year with every happiness and success on your side dear :)

    Cheers…
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  • Emebu
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    Hi Lisa,

    Your 8 points are very clear, it is very necessary not to change your name online, it helps your credibility over the years.
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  • Hi Lisa, Yes, changing your name can be quite challenging. I haven’t changed my personal name, other than when I got married many years before social media. but I did change my Twitter ID after I started The Wonder of Tech. I had been on Twitter for 2 years before I started my website as @carpathia16. I wanted to have a single brand so I changed my Twitter ID to @wonderoftech. I wrote an article on how to do that: How To Change Your Twitter Name Successfully

    I agree with Adrian, your Twitter ID shouldn’t have numbers. Also try to stay away from _underscores. If you can use a single name across social media you’ll be much happier.

    I hope I never have to change my name legally, but if I do, I feel that people would recognize my maiden name because I use it as my middle name.

    Thanks for this primer on how to change your name. I know this will help many people, Lisa. Good luck with the process!
    Carolyn Nicander Mohr recently posted…Top Apps to Try in 2015!My Profile

    • Lisa
      Twitter:
      says:

      Hi Carolyn, very interesting advice. Glad you also agree not to use numbers. How I wish Twitter would flush out old unused accounts/usernames! You and Adrian have me thinking about changing name of blog too. I know Ryan went through that and was very succesful with it. Thanks for coming by and sharing your input Carolyn. I hope you have a great 2015.

  • Adrian Jock
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    says:

    Happy New Year, Lisa!

    Changing the name shouldn’t be difficult, but I guess it’s a nightmare to change the usernames and URLs. Broken links, suddenly your profile has no connections (no backlinks to other profiles from the same network), profile’s authority drops, etc.

    Here are my tips. Business tips. (For hobby accounts there are no tips and no rules. Everything is OK)

    1) You’re not a number, you’re a free human being. So don’t use numbers unless that’s a business account and the brand includes numbers itself.

    2) Make it easy to remember. To the others, not only to you, your family and your close friends. Lisapatb or lisapats aren’t easy to remember usernames 😉

    3) Make it short. On Twitter, the more characters you use for the username, the less space remains for the manual retweets of your content. Sometimes even one space is important.

    4) Try to brand one single name/username. Being lisapatb on Twitter, lisasicard on Facebook and some other username on G+ may confuse everyone (except for you, your family and your close friends). Add to that the fact that someone else may use on Twitter the username you use on Facebook but don’t use on Twitter and the confusion created is even greater.
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    • Lisa
      Twitter:
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      Hi Adrian, not so much difficult but time consuming. Oh yes we are not numbers. What do you suggest being a good username for me? I do have the business accounts with InspireToThrive as username.
      Thanks as always for your input Adrian and I hope you have an awesome 2015.

      • Adrian Jock
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        says:

        First of all, an answer to a question you didn’t ask: on Twitter I would change your name from Lisa to Lisa Sicard. A first name (and that’s all) doesn’t sound like business, does it? Lisa who? It’s like you’re hiding, or you don’t care (hobby-like account) or you’re pop star. You aren’t a pop star, are you? :)

        The best username is lisasicard. But that’s not available. So next choice is… I cannot say it unless I know what your goal is. Is it rebranding? Is it, “I wanna get rid of the letter b”? Or both of them?

        Since lisasicard isn’t available I would think twice before changing anything. It’s not a very useful rebranding if you don’t use the same username everywhere. Are you ready to do that? Is it really useful to you?

        If you still insist… well, do you have a middle name? It may solve the issue. Don’t you have one? Get one! Common, be creative! 😎 LisaPSicard would be way much better than lisa.sicard123 😉
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        • Lisa
          Twitter:
          says:

          Hi Adrian, you have given me more to consider. I know the name was taken on Facebook. I like your idea of middle name (initial) with it. I will check it out. Thanks Adrian.

  • Irish Carter
    Twitter:
    says:

    Wow….there is really so much to consider after reading this, Lisa. It sounds like a lot of work. I think I will keep my nickname “Irish” . Hope you had a fantastic holiday. Happy New year. Thanks for sharing the gobs of resourceful info you share. I learn so much here from you.

    Irish aka Lisa 😛
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    • Lisa
      Twitter:
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      Hi Irish, yes – I would for sure if I were you. It was a lot of work and time. I am glad the holidays are past us now and a new year upon us. Glad you have learned some things here too. Have a fantastic 2015 and thank you for coming back again.

  • Hi Lisa!

    Thanks for sharing these tips with us. The only name change I made was to our Facebook profile. Luckily I haven’t had to change my name on any of my profiles but I’m hanging on to this – just in case :).

    I hope you had a lovely holiday! Glad to see you back :). Have a great day and week and see you in the socialverse :).
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    • Lisa
      Twitter:
      says:

      Hi Corina, well I hope you never need to but we never know where life may take us. I am glad the holidays are past us and that we are in a new year. Thanks for commenting and I hope you have a great 2015 Corina.

  • Ryan Biddulph says:

    Very good to know Lisa.

    When Kelli and I get married soon – like really soon – she intends to keep her name as is.

    I’ve no issues with that but in case she goes traditional and becomes Mrs. Kelli Biddulph this will be a handy list to reference.

    After G Plus closed down my account like once or twice I said the heck with it and went with RB Biddulph as a gag. Of course now the account’s becoming semi popular lol!

    Ryan

    • Lisa
      Twitter:
      says:

      Hi Ryan, a smart lady indeed :)
      I think more and more women are keeping their own names or at least hyphenating them. Why did they close down your account Ryan? Thanks for coming by and Happy 2015!

  • Bren Lee
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hey Lisa!

    I can only imagine the hassle you must have went through, and continue to do so. Thankfully, I haven’t had to change my last name but I only use that for email purposes. Across the interweb I try to keep it with Brenda Lee, first and middle. I hope you don’t have too many more networks to change. I think I’d be frustraded by now. BTW, that irritates me with Twitter. They should deactivate accounts that haven’t been used in like a year or so, don’t ya think?

    Happy Monday girly!
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    • Lisa
      Twitter:
      says:

      Hi Brenda, it sure was not easy. That is great that you never included your last name. A good tip for any other females out there :)
      I know, I wonder how many years before Twitter would flush out old non-users?
      Hope your Tuesday is going well Bren and thanks for taking time to comment on this one.

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