Your username –– also known as your handle –– begins with the “@” symbol, is unique to your account, and appears in your profile URL. Your username is used to log in to your account and is visible when sending and receiving replies and Direct Messages (D.Ms). People can also search for you by your username.
- Note :
- Your username must be more than 4 characters long and can be up to 15 characters or less.
- Your username can contain only letters, numbers, and underscores—no spaces are allowed.
- Your display name can be up to 50 characters long.
How to choose the best username
- In order to get the best, the username-your handle should reflect your real identity. I.e. Using your first and/or last name in your username will help others to find you, or “follow,” you on Twitter.
- You can only use a combination of letters and numbers in your username, with one exception, the underscore.
- Use birthday dates or other favorite names as a username
- If the name is already taken try out different names and use underscores and different number combinations or use THE or IAM in front of your username
How to change your username
- Click on the more button from the navigation bar.
- Click on Settings and privacy.
- Click on Your account.
- Click on Account information.
- You will be prompted to type in your Twitter account password to confirm it’s you.
- Under Account information, update the username currently listed in the Username field. If the username is taken, you’ll be prompted to choose another one.
- Click the Save button.
Note from Twitter: Changing your username will not affect your existing followers, Direct Messages, or replies. Your followers will simply see a new username next to your profile photo when you update. We suggest you alert your followers before you change your username so they can direct replies or Direct Messages to your new username. Additionally, please note that once you change your username, your previous username will immediately be available for use by someone else. Is the username you’d like taken or inactive? Read the Twitter article about username registration.