I joined Twitter 9 months ago. Twitter on Day 1 confused me. I didn’t know how to read time line, I didn’t know what (or even where!) the buttons are for: RT, reply, update, etc.
So I have learned Twitter from the scratch. After understanding its basic functions, I’ve tried countless Twitter clients, including those available only in smartphones (I borrowed my friends’ only to get a taste on Twitter clients, LOL).
I’ve grown so big of a love for Twitter. Kinda addicted to it, I guess. But then…
I realized my Twitter name, @dianarakeren, was a really bad one. For 3 reasons I despised it:
1. It’s not memorable
2. It’s too damn long
3. It’s not easy to pronounce in both Bahasa Indonesia and English
Now, lemme explain to you why a long Twitter name is bad.
Here’s the illustration. Let’s say I tweet this one:
I tweet this really superb cool tweet so pleaseee RT it to your friends if you like it, or don’t if you don’t like it, but I suggest you do. — 140 characters
It shows up on your time line:
@dianarakeren I tweet this really superb cool tweet so pleaseee RT it to your friends if you like it, or don’t if you don’t like it, but I suggest you do. — 154 characters
If you wanna RT it, you’re gonna need a longer character limit.
@friend RT @dianarakeren I tweet this really superb cool tweet so pleaseee RT it to your friends if you like it, or don’t if you don’t like it, but I suggest you do. — 164 characters
And if you wanna put your personalized comment in front of it, you’ll need even a longer one.
@friend +1 RT @dianarakeren I tweet this really superb cool tweet so pleaseee RT it to your friends if you like it, or don’t if you don’t like it, but I suggest you do. — 167 characters
If your friend likes it as well and decides to retweet it, here’s it gonna be.
@anotherfriend RT @friend +1 RT @dianarakeren I tweet this really superb cool tweet so pleaseee RT it to your friends if you like it, or don’t if you don’t like it, but I suggest you do. — 186 characters
See? It means if I want MY FOLLOWERS and THEIR FOLLOWERS to retweet my cool tweet, I’m gonna have to tweet in less than 100 characters. Or they can’t.
Today Twitter provides this really cool button called Retweet. It surpasses the 140 character limit. Any tweet 140-character long is RT-able. But it has a limitation: You can’t edit the tweet. The only option you have to edit the tweet is using the old-school RT button provided by most Twitter clients (not available on the web). But then… Yep, there you go, 140-character limitation. *GRRR*
And so I changed my Twitter name. To @oDian. Which was indeed so cool, I no longer gotta think too long before hitting the Send button (I’ve been using TweetDeck, btw).
It didn’t seem to be a problem till a friend told me, “Hey, in #bahasaku campaign which you initiated I can’t find your tweet. At all.”
Turns out oDian is a generic term in Spanish (meaning ‘hate’), and another friend who codes said it could be a term filtered by Twitter. That was why I couldn’t be found in any hashtag I tweeted. FRAK.
Was it a problem, Dian?
You bet it was! I couldn’t join any Twitter quiz, I couldn’t have fun with my friends in exciting hashtag, I couldn’t have my personal account retweeted tweets coming from my clients’ accounts. But worst of all, I couldn’t track the conversations between me and my friends; every time I clicked “in reply to,” their tweets appeared but my tweets didn’t.
And so I changed it once again. To @heyDian.
It was a painful journey, seeking a new name in Twitter. But I gotta do it anyway. For a good Twitter name should be:
1. Really short.
2. Memorable, which means it should be…
3. Easy to pronounce in both Bahasa Indonesia and English
4. Having no number nor special character attached; a name such as @Marco35 will be harder to type using a mobile device
5. Having my name attached, although a full name isn’t really required; seriously, @iJulia would be so much better than @JuliaStockholm.
6. (most painful point) Available.
7. (lesson learned, people!) Tested through various hashtag during not-so-busy-Twitter-hour before announced to public. LOL.
Anyway, if you think I’d changed my Twitter name without any logical reason, think again. It’s hard to find a good Twitter name, and it’s even harder to broadcast the new brand (I gotta replace every e-mail signature, every forum signature, every printed business card, etc.), why on earth would I do such thing without putting enough logical thoughts into it?
The answer to that, my friends, is one and only one thing:
I know how to brand myself better in Twitterverse. Do you? #wakakakakakkk
Here are several Twitter names I find really good, and they ARE respected tweeps in Twitterverse.
@kapkap @aulia @deon @budi @pinot @pipis @motemo @richoz @ditut @FaDompas @sensible @bellamy @arisaja @anima @unwinged @ibnutri @didut @pakzam @lurino @dtoid
The list might be longer later as now those are I remember most.