Do you use your real name for Twitter?

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Would you set up a Twitter account for your IM business (like @internetmarketing) or do you use your personal name(twitter account like @johnsmith) for your IM business? I know many marketers use their real name but I"m wondering if there is any benefit in using your main domain for your Twitter account instead.

What do you think?
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  • Profile picture of the author WriterNick
    real name is more reliable,
    this is what i feel =)
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  • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
    It depends what your objective is, I think. If you're building up a site you intend to keep, real name makes sense in my opinion. If you're building up a site to eventually flip, then using and developing site brand so it can be independent from you is probably best.
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    agreed with thunderbird =D
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  • Profile picture of the author DigiSumo
    Hi, I also agree with Thunderbird... I use my brand name to communicate with people interested in my services and my personal name for family, friends...

    Mark
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  • Profile picture of the author Mac the Knife
    Personally, I have lead with my OWN name to brand my content creation services and I have other accounts specifically for websites. A nice combo does the trick nicely so you can vary your posts, but stay ON TARGET to your followers within each individual account.

    Mac the Knife
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  • Profile picture of the author Johnnyfx
    Not me.

    I always use pen names for marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author juniorbiz
    For my main blog I connect to twitter with I'm using my domain name as the username.

    As for my other twitter niche accounts I sometimes use pen names. Or a mix of niche and pen name, like "Jimsmusic", obviously I wouldn't use that necessarily I'd use a better name, but this is just for example's sake.
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    • Profile picture of the author xnice
      I use my domain name for twitter. I do not think use real name is good idea because a lot of people is same name with you. And we do not famous as people can remember your name than a domain name.
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  • Profile picture of the author Melani
    I actually have multiple Twitter accounts as I tend to keep things separate as my audiences don't tend to mix well in that they're not interested in what the other one is about...

    - I have a personal / gaming / friends account which has it's own name.
    - I have a Twitter account linked to my blog, which was to be my internet marketing account
    - But then I created my new site and my blog one was named after my blog, which didn't really match the site. So Now I have a 'site only' one as well...

    I do have a Twitter account under my real name, but I don't really know enough people in the IM industry yet that would care to know it lol. And everyone else I talk to falls under one of the above three...
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  • Profile picture of the author greff
    I use my first name @calgreg

    But I saw one today "JohnAttorney". I think it would be valuable to have what you do in your twitter name. Might help get some business.

    For some people, especially bloggers, the full name IS their brand name, like GuyKawasaki.
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  • Profile picture of the author Melani
    Originally Posted by honestbizpro View Post

    One big turn off for me was joining a prominent marketers twitter network...He says he is a marketer, he has marketing all over his home page and his link takes you to a marketing website....then during an election he hits you with personal political opinions...that I highly did not agree with..very unprofessional an alienating in my opinion.
    That's pretty much one of the main reasons I have multiple accounts. My gamer friends don't care about IM, and my IM contacts don't care about my gaming life. :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author dany1987r
    Just as long as you provide value it don't really matter in my opinion
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  • Profile picture of the author lotsofsnow
    I use my real name. Sets me apart from all the machines.
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  • Profile picture of the author entrepreneurjay
    I just use a name that has something to do with my niche which is my blogging business. It all depends on what your ultimate goals are on what your looking to ultimately get out of Twitter. I do not think it matters that much as long as it is related to what you are trying to accomplish!
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  • Profile picture of the author Susan Holman
    I use my real name because I want people to recognize my name as my brand for my business.
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  • Profile picture of the author MassiveMarketer
    I'd like to use brand name for my business and have my real name for personal use. But if you do choose brand name, make sure posts are purely related to your products/services that followers would really find informative/interesting.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mrs S
    I use a business name for my business Twitter account - I'd love to use my real name for my personal twitter account but it's too long
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    • Profile picture of the author MyLinkClub
      Here's the problem I have with using company name/virtual name over my own personal twitter:

      I NEVER update non-personal.

      We have our company twitter that nobody ever updates. But I'll update my own if I see someone crossing the street on a hove-a-round...

      If anyone has any tips for "remembering" to update the corporate one, that would be an interesting topic.
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  • Profile picture of the author ccschooledu
    I use my real name in my twitter account.. It more reliable for branding me and my business..
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  • Profile picture of the author Zack Lim
    I would prefer to use my own name as it gives the visitors the perception that I have nothing to hide and I am a real person.

    I think it will really depends on the main objective. If you want to brand your company name, I am sure you will use the company name for your twitter account.

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  • Profile picture of the author zeniffed
    If anybody wants to increase followers pls PM me.
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  • Profile picture of the author DogScout
    Personal Name for personal account. Niche appropriate names for niche sites. Helps people decide whether to follow you or not without having to go through all your previous tweets to find out what your passions & interests are or what you have to offer.
    Niche appropriate named accounts have more targeted lists (Meaning only 50% spammers )
    If a personal name, many won't take time time to see if you share interests and the % of ppl that will follow anyone & never interact goes up, (including buying anything).
    That has been my experience anyway.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Steiner
      I use my real name for one account, keywords for some accounts and pen names for others. It all depends on the niche and what I intend to do with the site once it is up and running.

      One thing I like to do is to make up pen names that don't seem to exist. I'll do searches for names in quotes and look for ones that do not return any results so that I can more easily track things like articles picked up from directories or any web chatter about that name.
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  • Profile picture of the author badboy_Nick
    Originally Posted by Angela Neo View Post

    Would you set up a Twitter account for your IM business (like @internetmarketing) or do you use your personal name(twitter account like @johnsmith) for your IM business? I know many marketers use their real name but I"m wondering if there is any benefit in using your main domain for your Twitter account instead.

    What do you think?
    I always use my brand name for twitter and facebook pages ... not my real name. It all depends what your product/brand is.

    Any questions just let me know

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  • Profile picture of the author PsychicZena
    It really depend on what do you want because if youre going to use it for business matter well i suggest to use the real name
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  • Profile picture of the author binko
    Twitter is like private party and Tweeters don't like being sold to (they are not there to find the latest offer). Never indicate you're selling something, otherwise "real people" will hesitate to follow you back (except for bots who you don't want anyway). I always use a personal name (including pen names).
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  • Profile picture of the author jayanuaria
    Im getting a lot more results using real names. I have tons of accounts but all of them have real names (wether they really exist or not) and pictures not brand names and logos.

    More personal the better. Treat it as a personal communication medium and not just for branding purposes. This way, they will trust you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chrissy Allen
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    I always had 2 seperate accounts its just easier with the outlaws or inlaws lol
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  • Profile picture of the author proserve
    I use my real name and that way I can use it for several items that I can review and pass along to my followers. I think this also adds credibility.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dev Maritz
    Hi there,

    The key to stand out from the rest of the other Marketers is "branding yourself"

    Many Marketers will use cliche names like: InternetGuru, GetRichWithMe etc and it does have some tone to it; however, I think it is really impersonal.

    Especially when you do to start building a reputation online, the best thing is to brand your own name as much as possible.

    Dev
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    My name is not significant enough to use ... I brand my Twitter account(s) to my site(s).
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  • Profile picture of the author tribros
    For me personally I would like to separate personal and business brand. I use my domain name on twitter.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    It depends on what you want to do, really. If this is your primary business and you want to brand yourself, then I think it'd be helpful to use your real name. On the other hand, if you have a catchy/attractive domain name and you want that to be the brand by which you want to be known as (and you'd really like to focus on this), then it'd behoove you to use your domain name instead.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheila Atwood
    I use my real name because I am branding my name. I also think that it makes you more real and trusted.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pragun
    i prefer to use my real name... just like it that way
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