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Your Social Media User Name - Is It Too Late?

Seems there is always something new to be learned and discovered.  Twitter, FriendFeed, Online Webinars, the Information is flying around the WEB 2.0 World at high speeds and at high altitudes, but if you try to grab on to some of this stuff, it's amazing what you can learn from being connected to these Social Media Networking and Marketing platforms.  At todays webinar, we discussed your "User Names" and how they should be selected and used on the web.  A great site was mentioned that will search your name on multiple sites to see if it's available.  So why is this important?

The questions?

Is it too late?  Does someone else already have your user name or do you?  What should your user name be?  Your real name or a company?  Should it be your name with a title?  IE: BradRealtor?  Maybe a memorable slogan, or a cool phrase?  I can tell you this, when I forget anything about anybody, I just Google their name.  I think I even do this sub-consciously.  Today, it was suggested to lock up your "real name" to be used as your "Brand", and to capture that "name recognition" you deserve.  Who will find you?  Google will, your family will, your friends and neighbors will, and the people who search you out when your name comes up in certain circles will too.  Let me explain...

It's Your Name.  What's In A Name? 

Referral business for one.  If someone refers you to another person, how do they do it?  Your nick name, your company, your slogan or your catch-phrase?  No.  IMHO, I think in most cases people use other peoples names. Real names.  If I'm at dinner with friends, and you mention someone to me like Mary McCormick and her awesome site, I would probably remember her name before I would remember her site at: RealEstateLuxuryHomesInFlorida.com.  So what would I do when I got back home?  I'd Google her name.  How about you; would you ever do a search for ActiveBrad?  Exactly....

A Possible Tool $ Solution!

UserNameCheck.com is a website that can search many of the social networks and social media platforms. It searches sites to see where you can Brand your name, and snag it before someone else does.  Now I'm not saying you should go join all these sites, but do take stock in the ones you feel are beneficial to you, your on-line presence or your business. 

So now you're just one click away from making some important decisions... should I be using my real name and which places should I be doing it?  (seriously pondering right now...) Will people search me as Brad Andersohn or ActiveBrad or my former TheEscrowGuy?  Hmmm... guess I have the same dilemma as some of you...crap, I hate when this happens.  LOL~ 

Right Now, you're probably realizing like I am, that in some cases, it may be too late to change, even if your user name is available. The Google placement and SEO you've gained to this point, might not be worth losing...or is it???  It's like the same dilemma you have when deciding to change a phone number, or an email address.  What user name are you using on the Web, and is it getting you the best possible results?

Hopefully this post will catch some of you before it's too late....one way or the other.

 

     

"Learn More. Get More. Do More. Be More."

Comment balloon 93 commentsBrad Andersohn • October 31 2008 04:00PM

Comments

What a cool tool. I just used it. And it made me remember an account I signed up for. Thanks.

Posted by Debi Braulik, Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale (www.roundrealestate.com) over 11 years ago

Brad, I use Broker Bryant for everything. I think I made a good decission with that one. Even my sellers, that have never been online, call me Broker Bryant.  It's a good brand.

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 11 years ago

You raise some good points but now I have a headache......  ; )

I like akronohiohomes and feel I have some recognition from google because of the search relevance, but I am going to think about this, darn ya! 

Posted by David M. Childress, I would love to be your Realtor® in Akron Ohio! (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 11 years ago

Bryant - you're a classic example of how "Branding" really works.  For you it wouldn't make much sense to change everything to Bryant Tutas now, as your Brand has already been established and is quite successful.  What about others though, should they be "Branding" their real names or nick names or company names?  This username check site helped me realize how many places I have used a different user name and how it may be hurting me more than helping....the jury is still out on this one.  Parked!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

David - I share in your pain!  haha.  I am bandersohn in some places, TheEscrowGuy in others (which is no longer) ActiveBrad in quite a few places, and only Brad Andersohn in about 25% of these sites.  If I google them all, I get different stuff from each search.  Should they all be "ONE" in the same?  And what should that "ONE" really be?  I want to be like Broker Bryant, One user name, one identity, it only makes sense, but which one?  I'm off to the cupboard to grab some Tylenol for us. LOL!~

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

At first I figured, yeah, I should do this and change my user name all over the place. I use several different user names, none of which are my name! Yet if someone searches my name I will show up in most places.  I am totally confused now, Brad. You are whipping these posts out like wildfire lately. I'm starting to feel like I'm in school and can't get my homework done:)

Posted by Karen Hurst, Rhode Island Waterfront! (RICOASTALLIVING.COM) over 11 years ago

Brad, I have always wonder about all the names i see on different sites. On all my sites i am frankrubi. I am a simple person at heart and just want my clientele to remember me when thinking of real estate.

Posted by Frank Rubi, FrankRubiRealEstate.com (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) over 11 years ago

That was a great tool and they were all me...now to just complete the rest of the sites.

Posted by Nancy Larson (I am a licensed referral agent in NJ) over 11 years ago

Brad, Wow, once again you are posting amazing stuff.  I just went and signed up with a few of these.  On Digg, it suggested that I not use my real name.  I did it anyway, but if I didn't I wouldn't be branding JenBowman, right? 

Posted by Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL (Keller Williams on the Water) over 11 years ago

I checked and all the one's taken are me. LOL not too many missycaulks

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 11 years ago

From Karen above...."Brad. You are whipping these posts out like wildfire lately. I'm starting to feel like I'm in school and can't get my homework done"   That hit the nail, I could not figure out how Brad makes me feel sometimes, that was perfect.......

Brad, IMHO, activebrad is awesome and would be only you, if you stuck with it for a while...... D

Posted by David M. Childress, I would love to be your Realtor® in Akron Ohio! (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 11 years ago

That is a good and valid point, but my name is Christine McInerney and I have run across very few people that can pronouce my name, let alone spell it.  This combined with the fact that there is actually already another Christine McInerney that has already taken the name domain names I have gone with catch phrases instead.

Posted by Christine McInerney, The McInerney Team, Knoxville TN Homes For Sale (Great Life RE) over 11 years ago

Karen - haha, I can't keep up with me either! ROFL. 

That's a great point about different names still all coming back to you.  I know that using ActiveBrad, there's been no hiding, I show up everywhere, and using Brad AndersoHn, that "H" in my last name has had some drawbacks.  If someone refers me by name, and if they spell it without an H, I'm screwed when they search Google or Yahoo.   So just like Broker Bryant, in following the tradition of what works,  ActiveBrad it is, and it's here to stay! That was easy, thanks! :-) Thanks to WEB2.0, There's no hiding now.  LOL~ 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Brad,

ActiveBrad,

Escrowguy,

You have the same problems?  WOW!  I do not feel so bad now or do I?

Thank you for the information. It is excellent as always.

Ann

Posted by Ann Hayden 636-399-7544, SelectAnn.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri) over 11 years ago

More excellent tools that you are sharing Brad.  Thank you for taking the time to tell us about it.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) over 11 years ago

Debi - sorry, I passed you up.  It is a very cool tool.  It did the same thing for me, I realized there were a few on the site that I needed to follow up on.  I had to run a few different user names to see all the places I had been. Holy Cow!!  I realized I certainly don't want to be on them all, only the beneficial ones.  It's Too late to go back and change user names on them all now , but it's something for the new person to think about who isn't totally rooted socially yet. :-) 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Great post Brad.  My name has a silent "g" in it, so no one can ever spell, pronouce or remember my last name, I had my first sale from the Internet in 1995 and that's when we came up with DebOnTheWeb.  I own almost every version of the domain name, but didn't think about other sites.  I wish you had written your post a year ago because I was pretty upset when I found someone else already had the name on Gmail.  Thankfully, though I'm DebOnTheWeb on ActiveRain and Twitter!

Posted by Jill McTague, DebOnTheWeb & Associates - Medford, MA Real Estate (RE/MAX Andrew Realty Serfvices) over 11 years ago

Brad, Thank you. Thank goodness my name is unique!! :0)

Posted by Mana Tulberg, Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA (805 County Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Frank - simple is good unlike my last name, but I have to ask you, do people ever spell your name wrong?  Ruby for example?  Do you ever wonder how many might do that on the Internet?  I'm just sayin... :-)

As you can tell, this stuff facsinates me! LOL~ 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Hey Brad, Yep, you had to go and do it, totally fry my brain on Friday!! I have often thought about this since we have several businesses and I am registered with different user names, UGH ! I think I will go home now! God bless, thanks for the tool !

Posted by No Longer Active in Staging. No Longer Staging over 11 years ago

Nancy - you go for it girl!!  :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Jen - that is exactly right, and you have a great name too. It's easy to remember, it's spelled like it sounds, that's great stuff, you're well on your way.  :-)))  Not sure which user name I am on Digg, but I do know I'm there! LOL~

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Brad,

Thanks for the post. Unless there is a catchy name, it is probably good to go with the name your business license is in.

Posted by William Collins, Property and Asset Management (ERA Queen City Realty) over 11 years ago

Hi Brad...I think using your personal name is good, except where people are looking for a Realtor for example, They Might Google Victoria Realtor which is one I use on Twitter and few other Social Media Sites. How about using you're favorite business Brand and Personal Name, after all we do not need to Sleep and we can have another Twitter site...did I see someone on the Webinar today say they have 50 Twitter handles..My brain was twirling when I saw that, I'm already behind with my regular prospecting and now more online stuff...Whew. I'm Glad it Hallween not April Fools.

Cheers

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Brad, I'm glad you root around and find these search tools for the rest of us. I truly appreciate all your discoveries.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 11 years ago

Brad- What a great tool! a WHOIS for social networks. Very cool. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Best,

Scott

Posted by Scott Cowan (RE/MAX Professionals) over 11 years ago

Brad, This is a love/hate post. Love the tool and the information. Hate not having more time to try  all the cool things you bring up! BB seems to have done it right using the same name on everything.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 11 years ago

Is a good question !  We think we have done a little bit of this already with our name "thesomersteam" .  Hopefully, that was a smart choice... time will tell ?

Posted by The Somers Team, Delivering Real Estate Happiness (The Somers Team at KW Philadelphia) over 11 years ago

You will always be ActiveBrad to me:)  You are active too, aren't you?  Do you ever sleep?  I can't keep up with all of the changes lately.  I've been SO busy showing, and I'm SO far behind on Active Rain...curse these buyers..what do they think I am, a Realtor? LOL...keep up the good work and keep the good tips coming ActiveBrad!  We all love you!!!!

Posted by Elizabeth Cooper-Golden, Huntsville AL MLS (Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group)) over 11 years ago

Brad ~ you have an excellent point here.  I always felt that I wanted to be remembered for two things here when it comes to branding.  1) my name 2) where I work.  Everything beyond that is taking up space.

kk

Posted by Kristal Kraft, Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022 (The Berkshire Group Realtors) over 11 years ago

Brad, good thing I've never been creative enough to make up anything other than my own name. Sometimes I've used ljandura instead of Linda Jandura, but that's as different as I get. It's not a common name at all, and if you google it, I'm the only one that comes up, so I guess that's okay.

Thanks for writing yet another great blog that I have to bookmark and come back to.

Posted by Linda Jandura, Realtor, North Carolina Buyer & Seller Specialist (Raleigh Cary Realty) over 11 years ago

Even though there are 8 other LaneBaileys on Facebook... I am the one that gets found.  I used to be JeepOnRock... from an old email address.  I learned from that (and I am still JeepOnRock on many automotive sites).  People would remember that.  I could give them that while standing in the middle of nowhere and get an email from them the next day.

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 11 years ago

Hi Brad!  You are just FULL of cool tools!  I'm off to check out my 'favorite' user name at this site!  I know it was taken on some sites, so I changed my user name to accomodate those taken initially.  I need to just go out there and, at least, register on some of these even if I'm not using them yet.  Thanks!

Debe in Charlotte

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 11 years ago

Brad- I mostly use my name, or my first initial and last name....Twitter though has a different name.  Hmmm.  OK here's my real question...what's that Feedback link on the left side.  I checked my blog and it's not there, so are you testing it? Or is it one of your newest Widgets?  Just curious :)

Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) over 11 years ago

My name is too common =(  So I usually use lisahillrealtor. And I frequently use my logo "thesmartchoice". And for all my play sites, I use biblegirl7 and/or brattygirl7, since that's how all my online play friends know me. After all, I don't want them really knowing my last name. There are too many freaks out there. And when I'm forced to use an actual first and last name, I have an alias ;)

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) over 11 years ago

Thanks for the insight and info, as always.  Something to learn every day.  What is that button on the side? 

Posted by Terrylynn Fisher, HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc. (Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com) over 11 years ago

Hi Brad!
Okay...did you open a can of worms!  I got on the site and couldn't leave it for an hour!  Added a couple of site to my collection and just plain had fun! Thanks!

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) over 11 years ago

I always use my own name except on my porn star site.

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing over 11 years ago

I love Susie's comment...  If only I could be that creative...  LOL.

I generally use mwoda, and anyone who knows me would look for that.  But you're right - someone who doesn't know me well might look for my name so that's what I'll use going forward.  Thanks Brad.

I ran usernamecheck.com, as you suggested, and was surprised to see how many DO have my real name.   Hmmm.... has someone else been signing up with my name?  I'm going to have to check them out.

 

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Brad, that is a very cool tool, I see it as an excellent way to see what other social media sites are out there that you currently are not using!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 11 years ago

Brad, My personal opinion is that ActiveBrad, while a great name, is to specific to ActiveRain.   I know it's easy to think nothing will ever change and AR will always be around and you will always be a part of it BUT....you know how that goes from your past experience. Branding should always be very specific to something you are in control of 100%. Your presence on the Internet will be there for many many years and life has a way of going where it wants to.

Of course our names are always good to brand except for where they are very difficult to spell as is yours and mine. I ALWAYS have to look up the spelling of your last name. Tutas is just as bad. Very  unique, which is an awesome advantage for Google, but very hard to remember. This is one of the reasons why TLW and I decided to name our company Tutas Towne Realty. We wanted to get our last name out there so that it became more "normal" in our market. After 11 years we have succeeded.

SO........what do yo use? Damn good question and one I will ponder today.

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 11 years ago

Brad,

I think it is a good idea to check your name.  I used to have a website that included my name as part of the address.  My clients would search for my site and not getting the name of the site quite right would end up on a porn site.  When I created my new website, I used geography rather than my name to avoid embarrassing my real estate clients.

Carol Fox

Posted by Carol Fox, Helping You Discover Charlotte's Best Small Towns (Allen Tate Company 704-905-3935) over 11 years ago

Great comments and responses.  I guess this isn't going to be that simple for some depending on their names. These are some excellent points and feedback here that I hope visitors and readers will review. 

I think user names and searchable names are two different things. When signing up on any site, be sure that when you create a user name, that you also have the option to be seen by the name you choose to use on that Social Network.  Just like here on AR, my user name and login are both ActiveBrad, but my signature link on all comments is Brad Andersohn.  Trying to get the best of both worlds I guess.

Some sites aren't like that. Youtube is a classic example of when you sign up with a login name and password, that signin name becomes the name people will have to find you by. Not too many searching my youtube account as "Bandersohn" I guess that is what spurred this post.  If you search youtube for Brad Andersohn or ActiveBrad...nada!  DOH!! 
(I take that back, 2 videos did show up because of the description and tag or keywords)

This is definitely a topic to be considered when someone new jumps into the WEB 2.0 social networking and marketing world. Thanks you guys for all your feedback, great stuff. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

 hi Brad, re "It's Your Name.  What's In A Name?... If someone refers you to another person, how do they do it?  Your nick name, your company, your slogan or your catch-phrase?"...

 Even if I don't use them, I try to sign up with as many social networking sites as possible, just to reserve my own name, it's become part of my brand. I may not always be the blog artist but garaughty will always be who I am so I try to protect, promote & use it. Have a great weekend Mr B.

Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... (garaughty.com) over 11 years ago

Brad,

Thanks a lot for bringing up another dilemma to find a suitable solution for. Anyway, it sure is true that people generally know you better by your real name than company one, or blog one. Hmmm, here we go.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 11 years ago

Oh boy, more stuff to learn. Wheee, how exciting. Funny thing though, two of the sites show someone has taken my name, and I don't have a very common name. I wonder what's up with that? However, you have led me to an outside site that's is much easier to use than what I was trying to figure out. Wouldn't it be nice if I could post a blog here, and have it upload to my outside blog!

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) over 11 years ago

More to ponder upon, more to learn, thank you for bringing this up.

Posted by Eva Liland, Realtor Canyon Country CA, Used Mobile Homes - Manufactured Homes (Platinum Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago

Excellent tool, BRad. Something to think seriously about. I almost always use the same user name, and there were a couple of sites I had joined and forgot about - secondary benefit of this tool. LOL.

I think the branding becomes even more important as the social network environment grows. It was interesting to also google my user name.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) over 11 years ago

Me too, what in the world am I supposed to do with all this sites? I have read that they are supposedto be  SOCIAL MEDIA SITES. Does that ALLOW you to blatantly promote your  business (I think NOT). Any light on this issue would be GREATLY appreciated!

Maybe a separate post on this :-)? Stilll trying to learn.

Posted by Eva Liland, Realtor Canyon Country CA, Used Mobile Homes - Manufactured Homes (Platinum Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago

Wow Brad!  I don't know how you continue to inform us of all these cool things and overwhelm us at the same time.  When do you have the time?  Keep up the good work!

Posted by Don Wixom, "Looking out for your next move..."tm (RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID) over 11 years ago

Hello Brad and thanks for the info.  I have signed on for a few twitters, but still have to figure it all at, time a patience and hopefully it will all work out.

 

Posted by Julie Staradumsky, CREN (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore) over 11 years ago

There you go again Brad! LOL now it's going to take me probably another hour before I can read another post because of course I just HAVE to check this out! Jeff Turner posted on protecting your reputation online a month or so ago and immediately I opened some accounts to protect my name, but this is fabulous! Does it all in one stop. Thanks!

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 11 years ago

I think it is way to late for me. All the user name I have used seem to be used my other people. I found it weird that someone would be using something like my AOL e-mail for their user name but that is what I found out.

Posted by Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sa (Coldwell Banker Realty/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT) over 11 years ago

Question of the Day:  How do I change my username on Active Rain?  I don't see a way at My Profile or My Settings.

Thanks,

Carol

Posted by Carol Fox, Helping You Discover Charlotte's Best Small Towns (Allen Tate Company 704-905-3935) over 11 years ago

wow, i wish i had this when i started, i cant even remember all the different names i have used for different things!

 

OMG

 

Chris the implementer

Posted by Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974 (Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners) over 11 years ago

Thanks for that website...I just found some places that I had subscribed to and forgotten about! And now I have some work cut out for me to get my name out there in some of the others...thanks again!

Posted by Sonja Adams (Samson Proprties) over 11 years ago

Carol Fox - that has to be done on the back-end admin side, only we can do it for you. Shoot me an email with what you want it to be and I will make that change for you immediately.  Thanks  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Brad -  This is another great post that I need to come back to.  Thanks for the information!  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) over 11 years ago

Brad, my name comes up almost completely vacant!  although there are a few jeremy blanton's out there.

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 11 years ago

On some sites, it's difficult to change your name once you have already established it on that site.  MyBlogLog for example will not let you change your user name. You can change anything but that, making it difficult, but I may have missed a step where it's possible.  I am looking into many of the sites listed here to see which ones are easily modified or not.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Well that was fun!  Thanks for the new tool. I agree - except for your website.  For that if you can fit in any key search terms - that's better. Though you could also use your name and then just redirect to your main website.  Hmm, think I will see if my name is still available as a domain!

Posted by Eileen Begley, Monterey Real Estate (Coldwell Banker, DelMonte) over 11 years ago

Well this is nifty. Thanks for the scoop but I've been feeling overwhelmed lately.

Posted by Debbie Small, REALTOR (Long & Foster Realtors) over 11 years ago

So Brad? I love this, and I agree. I've attempted to submit a request to change terieee to Teri Ellis on AR, but have never received an answer. Can you tell me where I go to do this? Or?? can't this be done, or what?

Pepper

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) over 11 years ago

Brad... As always... Great information here.. You are a valuable asset to the Active Rain family

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) over 11 years ago

Teri, I can do that for you if you'd like, it's an AR admin feature, just give me the word, and it's done.  I'd do it now, but then you wouldn't be able to login and I don't want you to freak out when I change it.  Call or email me to confirm.  Thanks Teri.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Great post - I have a rather unique name so it is much easier for me than many others. 

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) over 11 years ago

Thanks for sharing usernamecheck.com! Pretty interesting checking out all the sites listed.  Too late for me.... Marjorie Taylor, or just Marjorie is more popular than I had imagined.

Posted by Marjorie Taylor, New Homes in St. Augustine Florida (Riverside Homes) over 11 years ago

It's funny, with a name like Andersohn, most mine are available...except now I am finding my kids getting to these sites and getting the name in there before I can! LOL~  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Thanks for sharing I am so glad I found your blogs.

Posted by Dana Emerson (Keller Williams Realty Livingston Partners) over 11 years ago

Thanks for such great stuff, Brad.  Even the ones that came up showing they were taken really weren't when I clicked on them.  Helps to have a somewhat unique name.

Posted by Eileen Liles, Macht-Liles Real Estate Group - Cedaredge, CO (970-216-0530 http://WeSellDeltaCounty.com) over 11 years ago

Brad,

I think most of use didn't realize when we were doing setups how important it is to be consistent.

Richard

Posted by Richard Stabile, Bergen County New Homes Builder Realtor (Re/Max Real Estate Limited) over 11 years ago

@Dana - I'm glad too.  :-)

@Eileen - I know what you mean, I am fortunate to have that "H" in my last name...  I think..  :-)

@Richard - i agree, hopefully this is a shout out warning to new members making these decisions early on. thanks.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

I agree with the others.  very cool tool.  I love reading your blog

Thanks

Don

 

Posted by D B, e-PRO, Realtor - Bucks County PA - 610-952-3578 over 11 years ago

I have always tried to use my name, but sometimes I do not use a space in between my first and last, or abbreviate my first name.  I would like to have consistency across the board.  I also like the Active Brad and Broker Bryant names.  It not only uses your first name, but also tells everyone what you do.  How about Agent Troy?

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com) over 11 years ago

Don - thanks, I love you reading my Blog, what would I do if you didn't??  LOL~  Thanks!!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Agent Troy does have a nice ring to it... what's in a name?  Everything!!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Brad, this is a great tool.  Like Teri above, I've requested a change to my name.  I got a response, but it was never done.  Think you might be able to help me out?  It is heatherg and I'd like it changed to my name, heathergoodwin.

Posted by Heather Goodwin, GoodWin Team Realty (Licensed by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission) over 11 years ago

Brad,

 

Worthwhile article.

 

Donna DiPrima

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Nashua, NH

Posted by Donna DiPrima, ABR (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 11 years ago

Heather - I made the change for you. Your Login name has been changed!  :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Donna - thank you, I'm glad you think so.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Brad, Brad, Brad.... now, you've gone and done it.  I never really thought about this, but apparently should have.  Hmmm... does it hurt our SEO if we change our AR username? The content is still the main draw, right?

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) over 11 years ago

Brad, thanks for the summary version and the good advice. Going to go get Terrylynn right now.

Posted by Terrylynn Fisher, HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc. (Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com) over 11 years ago

Jesse - won't hurt the SEO, but it will screw up all the links for a bit if you change now. 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Hi Brad.  I have seen a repeated question, and it is one that I am fervently trying to find an answer to.  I never gave it a second thought when creating usernames here or on any site, and it seems like I have scoured AR for this answer.  There should definitely be some way AR can make it possible for us to change our user ID -- Is there one?  Hindsight (sp?) being what it is, I'd appreciate any info, even if it is not possible to change.  Thanks :)

Posted by Bev Boeck (My Idaho Place Real Estate, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Bev - Done!  Sent you an email as well.  Have a great weekend. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Brad - As always, You make a good point! I was kicking myself for not using a good SEO "Keyword" as my username on several sites, AR included. Personally, I am bad remembering names, but will always remember "ActiveBrad" and "Broker Bryant" over your Full names, and would be able to search google easy and find you both using the "Aliases".

But now I will have to "headache" through figuring out which way I want it, "Name" or "Keywords", "NAME" or "KEYWORDS"... AAAHHHH!!!!

How about BOTH! user: JasonDaley-UtahRealEstate

I tried it and it will work on some-to-most of the sites on http://checkusernames.com/ but a lot of them come up with a length error, since some are limited to 15-20 characters.

Choices, Choices, Choices...  :)

Posted by Jason Daley, Kitsap County Real Estate, Bremerton, WA Real Estate over 11 years ago

I am just glad I have a unique name!!!

Posted by Nicky Dou, The BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT in Northwest Arkansas (Keller Williams Market Pro Realty) over 11 years ago

check http://www.dialusername.com/

Posted by philip over 11 years ago

Phillip - very cool site, thanks.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago

Well, i found this post when searching on how to change my AR username and its like you were reading my mind. That's just how you roll i guess. Thanks for the info... Aloha from Kauai

Posted by Ronnie Margolis, Kauai Realtor - CDPE, ABR, RA - On Top of the Aloh (KW Kauai) about 11 years ago

Ronnie - haha...yep, that's how I roll!  Aloha my friend.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago

Brad, This is pretty cool as I did get into trouble when asked to join gtalk, which uses your gmail account. I've finally started lining up all my identities as Tina Gleisner ... how do I change AR from tinag to tinagleisner? and any advice on finding out who has tinagleisner@gmail.com as there's 90% chance it's me but I can't get into it to reclaim? Thanks for any & all help.

Posted by Tina Gleisner, Home Tips for Women (Home Tips for Women) almost 11 years ago

Tina - That's an admin feature only.  I can change your user name here but some of your links will be lost if I do.  For example, when I changed mine from activerain.com/bandersohn to activerain.com/ActiveBrad, all the links pointing to bandersohn were lost.  If you don't have too much to lose, let me know, and I'll be happy to change your user name here.  I'll wait to hear from you, thanks. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

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