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After recently talking with PRBC-ers Marie and Sherri about how Twitter can sometimes stress us out (and Marie’s own issue), I realized that everyone has their own personal Twitter dilemma. Mine? You might be able to guess it on your own, but I’m constantly grappling with whether or not I should change my username.
I joined Twitter when I was in college, while working at my internship. At the time I (and most other people) didn’t realize its full potential. I just knew that a lot of PR people were talking about it and that it was something I should check out. I also knew that I loved Juicy Couture and that I wanted my name to be in my handle- tada! Jessisjuicy was born.
But then I graduated and entered the professional world, and Twitter’s popularly exploded. From that moment on, there was a constant battle in my mind. Should I change my username to something more professional like my name, and avoid all those laughs and nudges that I receive when I go to networking events and introduce myself? Or, as vain as it is, should I take advantage of the fact that after those people laugh and nudge me they inevitably say “Oooh! Of course I’ve heard of you. I follow you on Twitter.” Lets face it, its not the kind of username you forget.
At this point, its become a war between personal branding and professionalism, as well as the fear of people not recognizing me versus the fear of people not taking me seriously.
So, I throw my dilemma into your hands dear PRBreakfastClub readers. What would you do if you were in my situation? Would you change your name or stay true to yourself?