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How to Create a Screen Name

Learn About Screen Name Generators and Other Ideas

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Creating the perfect screen name is serious business. Not only will this new moniker become your identity online, but the ID you use for instant messaging and social networking can affect other Internet user's perceptions of you, like your hair or clothes might during an in-person meeting. Your handle might even cost you in your job search.

Indeed, screen name creation is probably more important than most of us realize. But, don't fret! I have a just a few ideas which could help you score a terrific handle.

Presented here are a few ideas you can use to create that perfect screen name using a variety of resources:

Add Favorite Things to Your Screen Name


Like dinosaurs, candy, the number 7 and the color purple? Maybe something like SweetPurpleDinosaur7 will go a long way. Take out a scratch piece of paper and jot down a few of your favorite things. Consider your job or career aspirations, favorite foods, sports teams or hit movies. Be creative!

Consider What's Around You


Exhausted that favorite things list idea? Consider school mascots, your town or other things relative to where you live and what you are about. However, be very careful not to give away too much information. Internet predators could potentially identify your location by your screen name so be careful.

Use a Screen Name Generator

One of the most easy ways to create a screen name (with the least amount of effort) is to let your computer do it for you. Several web sites, such as NameStation.com and GeneratorLand, will generate screen names for you based on keywords or even by random luck.

For more, check out my picks for Top 10 name generator sites and start creating your own IM screennames.

Merge Your Favorite Things

Like dinosaurs, candy, the number 7 and the color purple? SweetPurpleDinosaur7 might be the screen name for you. Make a list of your favorite things and see how many combinations you can create.

What to Do When You Screen Name is Unavailable

Hit the 'Taken Screen Name' roadblock? Sometimes, just because a screen name is taken doesn't mean it wasn't meant to be. Substitute "@" for "a," or "3" for e. Most IM clients will allow users to utilize symbols and with many to choose from, the possibilities are endless.
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