Daily Poll: Do You Secure Twitter Handles to Match Domains?

When negotiating with a prospective buyer, there have been a couple of times I was asked if I own the matching Twitter handle to a domain name I have. In both cases, I did not own the Twitter nickname and it did not impact the negotiation.

I know there are some people who will try to secure the matching Twitter name to their domain name. I think it could enhance the value of domain name if the matching Twitter handle is also managed, but I have never done this before. My feeling is that someone could then ask about Facebook, Instagram, and other social media handles. In addition, most of the Twitter handles matching important domain names were claimed long ago and would take a real effort to secure.

It would be interesting to know how many domain investors secure Twitter handles / nicknames for domain names they own. It would be great for people to share insight in addition to responding to the poll below:


Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
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13 COMMENTS

  1. It’s good idea to secure the matching twitter handle to your domain name. However, it could impact negatively on negotiations if the Twitter handle has a small following. So I would advise you tread carefully if you plan on doing it.

  2. when possible, i claim usernames at all of the major social networks like twitter, facebook, instagram, etc. i use tools like namechk.com and namevine.com for easy username availability searches. i’ve made multiple $x,xxx sales where the matching usernames were an important part of the sale.

    pro tip: earlier this week shapathon.com sold for $786 at namejet, a great price btw. i considered purchasing the domain in part because the twitter handle @shopathon was “reclaimable”. ie, shopathonformoms.com reg’d the twitter handle @shopathon a while ago, but then dropped shopathonformoms.com and also stopped using the twitter account in 2014. by registering shopathonformoms.com, it’s possible to request a forgotten password at twitter, which would be sent to the shopathonformoms.com email address used to register the twitter account. with catch all email forwarding added to shopathonformoms.com, the forgotten password email would be received and the @shopathon username able to be reclaimed. i’ve acquired numerous one-word social media usernames which were abandoned a long time ago using this technique.

  3. real world example:

    twitter.com/reppable

    currently reclaimable via forgotten password sent to a reppable.com email address, which is no longer registered.

    i emailed repable.com and suggested they claim both for redirection purposes, but i guess they’re not interested.

    repped.com previously sold for $6,000 in 2015 and similarly one-word “able” ending domains are rising in value. reppable.com is a great brand for a reg fee and the matching twitter handle would make it even more desirable.

    https://namebio.com/repped.com

    cheers

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