When I have a discussion with many local business owners, friends and family members about Twitter, I usually hear that “I’m too busy to care about what people I don’t know are twittering about”, “What is Twitter again?”, “What is a micro blog?”, “Is it 140 characters?”, “Now why should I get on Twitter?”.
This morning as I logged on to my TweetDeck Twitter Client Application on my MacPro and scanned through the most recent Tweets of the Twitter members that I follow and some of my Favorites I bookmarked using TweetDeck, I found a recommendation from @JMarieDirect, a local Twitter. The site is http://www.namechk.com and allows you to check instantaneously if your user name is available at many top Social Media and Social Networking sites such as Blogger, Digg, Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, MySpace and YouTube. As I have talked about before in this blog, if you are a business owner and have a business name or brand that you want to protect, then you should register that name on some of these top social media sites before someone else registers it. In addition, if you have a unique first and last name, then you should also register it. Here’s the URL or website address again. www.namechk.com will also help you if you are one that doesn’t write down all your user names and passwords and forgot if you registered on one of these sites.
So if you haven’t yet registered for Twitter or some of these other social media sites, I hope you find the time this week or weekend to do so.