A lot of you probably don’t know this, but my internet handle is mroconnell. Like Mister O’Connell. This is an old nickname that goes back to when I was a teenager. A lot of my friends teased me for acting like an 80 year old man so often. I had business meetings, taxes, crazy stories about my adventurous youth, and I had a tendency to fall asleep really early.
So shortly after discovering that Google released GMail and Odeo released Twitter, I was there with my handle “mroconnell“. In some ways, it was a crappy choice. Most people don’t read it as MISTER and that makes it hard to remember. A lot of people type oconnell with one L. Anyway, I could have made a better choice. But I don’t mind it horribly. And it would be silly to try to start a new account now that I’ve entered the community as mroconnell.
So what do I do about all the mistypes? Well I have two suggestions.
Get additional twitter names. It costs just a couple minutes to expand your Twitter realestate. Just make a new account and claim the name with the typo. I just started up @mroconnel where I can politely redirect folks to the correct spelling. If people consistently mistype your name on twitter, try to reserve the alternate spellings.
The second bit of advice is to post your twitter name clearly in places that people might look for it. I used to have a link on this page that said Tweeeet. While humorous, it was pretty inconvenient for folks who wanted to find my twitter name. They had to see that link and click it. I’ve now replaced it with a @mroconnell which is much more recognizable to twitter users. Saving them some precious seconds and also catching their eyes more easily. Or so I hope.
I guess my point is that you don’t need to have a PERFECT twitter name. But you should try to make life easy for people who want to talk to you on twitter. That goes for any site you’re fond of.
I feel really good when my wines receive positive comments and I brag about them in this blog. However, I still feel strange bragging about nice things that get said about me. But my parents assure me that the Internet exists in large part to brag about your exploits.
So uhm Robert Joseph, who wrote/edited a lot of the reference materials we used long before we ever owned a vineyard, was contributing to the Grenache Symposium. And then we met again at a Sud de France event. And he said something very nice about me on Twitter. So I’m going to use this space to blush and say thank you to him and that I’m very flattered.
And maybe this is a place to mention that I am only interesting in this region thanks to the support of my friends and community that allow me to get their message out on the web. In a way, this is about how cool YOU all are.
Here’s to discovering many others of greater import to this beautiful region! 🙂
And follow Robert Joseph on twitter or follow some of the projects he’s involved in like DoILikeIt. I swear that he’s interesting when he’s not talking about me.