Teacher Tech blog with Alice Keeler

Paperless Is Not a Pedagogy

Alice Keeler

Change Your Twitter Handle

Change Your Twitter Handle


You set up your Twitter account without really understanding how Twitter works. Now that you are using Twitter to connect professionally with other educators you may be wishing you had chosen your Twitter handle differently. Perhaps you have changed your name and need your Twitter handle to reflect your new last name. If people are complaining about trying to remember the numbers you included in your Twitter handle or typing the underscore on their phones, you can change your Twitter handle.


Click on your profile image in the upper right hand corner and choose “Settings.”
Twitter Settings


The first option under settings is your username. This is your Twitter handle. Notice the box allows you to edit or completely change your Twitter handle. So long as the Twitter handle is available simply click “Save Changes” down at the bottom of the page and you have a new Twitter handle.
Twitter Handle


You do NOT lose your followers when you change your Twitter handle name. You may want to send out a few tweets over the next week to let your followers know that you’ve changed your Twitter handle.

Handle Squat

If you want to make sure no one takes the name you are abandoning, consider creating a new Twitter account immediately after changing your Twitter handle. When you change your Twitter handle, your old handle is now available for others to use. If you are relatively new to Twitter this is not an issue, however if people have known you for a long time as some other Twitter handle simply create a new account with your old name. In the bio section say this is your old handle and to please tweet you at your new one.

Twitter Handle Considerations

This is a list of tips, not hard and fast rules. There are a lot of good reasons to break these tips.

  • Shorter is Better: When someone replies to you the Twitter handle is part of the 140 character limit. You can have a maximum of 15 characters (which is actually 16 characters with the @ symbol). Suggestion to stay under 10 characters.
  • No Numbers: It is surprising how connected you feel with your Twitter PLN. People will call you by your Twitter handle like it is your nickname. It may not bother you to be introduced as @bob2384 but it is something you may want to consider. Numbers are also difficult for people to remember, especially if the numbers are only meaningful to you. This reduces the ability for people to engage with you if they can not remember your Twitter handle.
  • No Underscores: When typing Twitter handles on a mobile device the underscore is on a different keyboard screen. Try to avoid using underscores.
  • Think Spelling: Think about how easy it is to remember how to spell your Twitter handle. If you think people may make spelling mistakes, you may want to rethink what you are choosing.
  • Brand Yourself: You are trying to connect with educators on Twitter. If possible try to make your Twitter handle your name or something that indicates that you are an educator.
  • Memorable: If you are not using your name for your Twitter handle you may choose something clever, which is great, but consider if it might be hard for people to remember. Especially if you are being creative with the spelling.
  • Avoid Character Confusion: Is that a lower case L or an upper case I? An O or a Zero?
  • Avoid Job Location: You may not be in room 63 forever and you may change school sites. Life an be unexpected, suggestion to not include things that could change in your Twitter handle.

5 thoughts on “Change Your Twitter Handle

  1. This is spot on perfect. I started on Twitter as @mrtheriaultfvhs It was way too long, no one could spell Theriault. I tried getting @davidt but of course is way already taken. It is funny that some people think my last name is TEDU, but at least they know my first name and can spell my Twitter handle. I changed my twitter handle due to the friendly harassment of Alice Keeler, late one evening. Thanks Alice for making my life better. Remember: WWAD (What Would Alice Do)

    1. I literally refer to you as “David” “T” “Edu.” This is so much easier than your old Twitter handle, but I use this as an example of how people identify you with your Twitter handle. It becomes your “name.”

  2. I agree both with what Alice said and with David’s comment. I started out as @NancyM_in_CA (trying to maintain anonymity before I knew what a powerful resource Twitter is for teachers) but I needed an easy to type handle without underscores. My last name isn’t easy to spell and there are hundreds of thousands of other Nancys, so I went for @CoffeeNancy. Alice helped me come up with it, and I am so glad she did. I have been able to develop it into my own brand.

    If you are afraid that some people might still try to follow you at your old Twitter handle, you can try this trick that I used. After I changed my username, I immediately created a new account with a different email. I gave it my old username but used a different photo and included information about my new username in the bio.

  3. I appreciate the advice shared here and will pass along to those new to Twitter looking to use it for edu. Most of the time I recommend using some form of your actual name. Same thing with domain names. Your position might change, your areas of expertise, your location, but your name will most likely remain intact and it makes it easier for people to “find” you.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

© 2024 All Rights Reserved.

❤️ Become a Premium Teacher Tech Member

Regular price is $249. Save $150 and pay only $99 for the 2024/2025 school year!

Monthly installments is only $12 a month.

Exclusive Teacher Tech Content! 
Exclusive Online Courses
Premium Add-ons for Google Workspace
Office Hours with Alice
Weekly Check In Support
Exclusive Webinars
And more! 

Exit this pop up by pressing escape or clicking anywhere off the pop up.