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How To Change Your Twitter Name Without Losing Followers

I joined Twitter in October of 07 not really knowing what it had in store for me. Well one thing led to another and as I reached my 1000 follower milestone I began to regret my original naming decision. Then I received a tweet from Ari Herzog concerning my Twitter name and that was it, I had to change.

Here is how I changed my Twitter name without losing any followers.

First, make the name change. You can change your Twitter name at any time on the ‘settings’ page at

Second, create a new account with your old Twitter name. You don’t have to do much with this account. Maybe add a URL to your new twitter account and post a single tweet notifying people that your name has changed.

Tweet about new account name

You won’t lose any of your followers and they’ll all see the name change as their Twitter clients refresh.


I seem to have missed a few @replys right after the switch. Most Twitter apps won’t update your existing tweets with your new name until they are restarted. As a result you are at risk of getting some @replys sent to your old account. This could also happen with people you talk to regularly. Be sure to continue to monitor your old account so you can catch missed replies and update your follower of the name change.

I also made it a point to run across all of the social networks that list my Twitter handle and update them. This included sites like MyBlogLog, FriendFeed assorted ning sites, etc. It may be awhile before my new Twitter account shows up on Google for Jon Bishop.

Don’t forget to update your Twitter link on your blog if you have one.

My TwitterGrade went down .9 points … oh well. I also had duplicate listings for awhile but this was solved by retrieving an updated grade for the old account. Other Twitter stats sites are showing decreased numbers but I’m sure this will even out over time.

60 replies on “How To Change Your Twitter Name Without Losing Followers”

Definitely a smart idea – thank you for sharing. One warning: I’ve been using TweetDeck and when I made the switch, I had to logout/log back in. When I did that, the new profile name did not carry over my TweetDeck settings, so I needed to re-classify my groups.

Thanks for this. I have been thinking of going the other way with a twitter name change–from my real name to the name of my food blog. What is the rationale for going the real name route?

Thanks for this. Question for you. I have been caught with a 3rd party application that is acting like a virus. It is a mafia mob game like thing that continues to try to send out DMs from my account even though I have revoke access. I had to change the password. The problem is that it continues to try to log in, and I am always locked out.

If I change my username as you suggested, is that tantamount to having a new account free–and thus free me from this mess?


First I would check to be sure they weren’t connected via OAuth first. Then I would contact Twitter and let them know about the abuse.

Changing your Twitter name should be a last resort. In theory, it should work because the API calls would no longer be associated with your username. But once again, I would try and contact Twitter first and post your problem here

Thanks, wasn’t sure how this could be smoothly done and your post has been a real help. Our case was slightly complicated b/c we had two accounts, and two username changes to make at the same time (one of which needed to take the old name of the other), but it seems to have all worked out following your instructions. Thanks.

This is an old tricks but why do we need a name change, when we have a lots of follower on the same name and more of less we are living the same name. if i am rakesh kumar and a celebrity why to change as Bill Gates

Thank you for sharing this useful info. I started my twitter account with a totally irrelevant name. Now with time and lot of followers later, I was looking to change my twitter name.

Thanks very much, Jon. Your advice just made a worrisome transition a whole lot easier and worry-free. ~gary.

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It keeps displaying user name already taken. I want to mach name with user name but doesn’t seem to be working out. If I enter @ and the name I want it brings it to my account so I dont get it.

With all of that I want my name to be AutoDriveBuy and my user name to be @AutoDriveBuy

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Changing the twitter account to a better name is a good idea, I did it but…

So, I changed my twitter username but having trouble to change it on the wordpress website icon.

The icon is still able to link to the old twitter name but still can’t figure out how to change it.

Guidance would be appreciated.

Thanks for this. I made the mistake of opening up in my name realising I wanted it in my business name instead. This saved me the trouble of waiting 30 days for the old one to be deleted.

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