I was just thinking after hearing a Podcast about the state of Twitter housing over 75 Million users (most of them asleep at the mouse says PC World) One thing that I have heard mentioned many times before is how many of those accounts are just the same person with 4-5 accounts each for misspelling of their name, or for different offerings by the same company, for example ABC_News, ABC_User1, ABC_PR etc this list can go on forever. So because of this the number of account is not very accurate but is still a true count of accounts.
I see this happening a lot, for example BlackBerry has many accounts, One for the Blog site, one for Developers, one just for BlackBerry, one for Help etc… you can see a trend start to grow for each of these online presences. They are not the only one that does this for their Twitter account to show that it is associated with the company. So here is a wild idea.. you ready…. put names in front of the @ sign!!!!!!!! Seriously taking the BlackBerry example you could register @BlackBerry as a company and then register Blogs@BlackBerry, Help@BlackBerry all under the top level account @BlackBerry. This would create association by having the name put under that top level account and allow more definition of what this account is about and how it is affiliated.
Most of you might be saying “But I only have 140 characters to type my message, that will eat into it!” yes and no and maybe a different option! Lets take BlackBerry Blogs as an example, their full Twitter account is @BlackBerryBlog so what is the difference in character count between “@BlackBerryBlog” and “Blog@BlackBerry” nothing! An even better example is when people put an underscore to separate the name of the company from the user name, this would free up 1 character EG. @XYZcompany_News old account name would now be News@XYZcompany. Next to this Twitter could just ignore all text in front of the @ and not count it against your 140 character count!
Just an idea!
© Caspan 2011