How to Choose a Good Instagram Name

Whether you are just discovering Instagram for the first time, looking to change your Instagram handle or creating another alternate Instagram account, finding the right Instagram username can be difficult, but is very important. It represents the identity you are trying to convey and introduces your content. Fortunately, you can use the Instagram availability tool to help you search Instagram usernames to find the right one. This tool is quick and easy and can save you time and energy down the road. Follow these 5 steps when choosing an Instagram username to find yourself something unique, simple, available and catchy.

1. Choose Your Context

The most important thing when choosing your Instagram username is deciding what you want to do with your Instagram. Are you making a personal Instagram to post photos of foods you cook and places you travel? Or are you choosing a username for an account where you will post private photos? Alternatively, you may be choosing an Instagram name for a blog or business account. Defining your plan for your Instagram is essential is selecting your username.

2. Choose the Elements

If you are planning to post personal photos for all your friends and family to see you may want to use so of the following elements: first name, middle name, last name, birthday, nickname.

If you are planning to create a private Instagram account just for your best friends you may want to use an inside joke, code word or secret nickname.

Finally, if you are planning to create a business account you may want to incorporate the name of the business, the type of business, the location of the business (i.e. NYC) and industry keywords. It is a good idea to keep your username consistent throughout all corporate social media accounts. Once you select a username try to use that name for Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and even your email. You can use this tool to check your Gmail Username Availability.

3. Try mixing up the elements

Now that you now which elements you want in your username try mixing them up to see which combination looks the best. You want something that looks good when typed out, is easy to remember and sounds good when said out loud. Especially for a business Instagram username, you want to make sure it is easy to remember. Don’t choose something with a bunch of numbers because no one will remember them (even if it is your birthday) and don’t use personally identifying information, such as your phone number of address. You don’t want random Instagram followers showing up at your doorstep because they found your address on Instagram.

For example, the fertility and pregnancy blog The Fertile Times chose the name because it indicates that it is a news source, similar to the Financial Times and the New York Times. You can leverage household names like that to follow a similar name.

4. What not to do

  • Don’t use underscores: it is too difficult to find this symbol on the keyboard and when multiple underscores are used in a row it can be difficult to count how many.
  • Don’t copy someone else’s Instagram username with one letter difference. People wont be able to distinguish you and that person may not appreciate the gesture.
  • Don’t make it too long. Long usernames are difficult to remember and take too long to type out. Do something short and memorable.

5. Check Availability

When you come up with a few ideas try them out on the Instagram availability tool! If you are having a difficult time finding usernames that are available, try using punctuation. Instagram allows punctuations and sometimes punctuation can improve an Instagram handle by making it more legible. There is no limit to how many usernames you can try. And once you have decided on your elements there are many combinations you can try. Once you have a few contenders that you know are available you can ask your friends which username sounds the best.

If all else fails, and you choose something you later dislike, you can always change your Instagram username without losing your posts or followers. To change your username go to your profile and click “edit profile”. Keep in mind though, this is something you can’t do with email or facebook. When changing your username you can go through these same steps again and try out new usernames. And don’t forget to check their availability. The last thing you want is to decide on a username to later find out that it isn’t available. Good luck!

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