Monday, January 5, 2009

Changing my Twitter Handle


I've been considering a change of Twitter handles from @astrout (my first initial plus my last name) to @AaronStrout (my full name) for a while now. Well today -- after some careful consideration and feedback from my friends on Twitter, I pulled the trigger.



Interestingly enough, the crowd on Twitter was almost equally split. Folks like @kyleflaherty @ericglazer and @rockstarjen gave me the thumbs up. @AxiomPR @CathleenRitt and @93Octane said don't do it.



So I thought I'd give it a try. So far so good!

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11 comments:

  1. I support the change to your entire name, but then again I'm biased! Happy Tweeting Aaron

    @kenburbary

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  2. It's a win-win...particularly for your personal SEO ;)

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  3. @AaronStrout, I'm going to have to get used to that now. But seriously, I support your "name change" and actually, given the strength that Twitter has in google search, I think it's very smart. Due to the name change and your frequent tweets, AaronStrout will be moving up the google SERPs!

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  4. Thanks gents. At the end of the day, it's all about SEO, right?

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  5. Be thankful your full name is not Aristotle Strout-Onassis, for that would take up a lot of characters.

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  6. Funny, I contemplated moving from a less complicated handle since mine is heavy on my last name and my full name is 1 character too long for a handle.

    Any reply or dm issues coming up?

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  7. Glad you were able to pull of the change without a hitch (and funny: You didn't breathe a word of this at the #UT-viewing party last night). Now comes the question: Do you change from astrout to AaronStrout on all those other social networks, too?

    Bryan | @BryanPerson

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  8. I'm going to completely ignore all advice you give me in the future Aaron. ;-)

    John | @jljohansen

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  9. Works for me! I have trouble remembering anyone's handle anyway and usually begin the guessing game with first and last name. Yet my handle is @LewisG. Who would get that? Maybe I should change.

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  10. @BryanPerson - it's funny, I meant to discuss w/ you last night but we were so caught up in our convo w/ Keri, Susan and Diane (and then the game), I never got a chance to mention it.

    @John yes, I am wearing my scarlet "H" for hypocrite right now. ;)

    @Lewis you're spot on. That's one of the reasons I changed it - hated people not knowing that Aaron Strout and @astrout were the same person.

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