An interesting post by JD Lasica calls for people to claim their ‘real twitter account name’, e.g. instead of using variation of their name like, twitter.com/JSmith (@JSmith), you should have your full name there, twitter.com/johnsmith (@johnsmith), so it is easier to find and helps with authenticity.
This idea to me makes sense, and could really simplify the Twitter Search experience. This also bubbles up an interesting set of questions:
Multiple users with same names – who would get the ‘real’ @johnsmith? And who would become ‘@johnsmith2’ ? who defines and sets up the hierarchy and rules and will it not deter future users from joining? Also, how would this tackle the original search problem as the searcher will still have to dig deep to find the right ‘JohnSmith’.
Online identity – some users prefer to use their username as they use it for other platforms and sites such as games, the online name which is different from real life one is a part of the identity.
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