Check please Secure your brand as a username with UserNameCheck

Posted by tom klein November 12, 2008

While it might be nice to be the first to get your name as a username ([email protected]), don’t forget that you should be worried about doing the same for your brand. Question is, how can you know where your brand is still available (and importantly, where it has already been snagged as a username by someone else).

Consider using The name says it all- this service checks the availability of your username on the most popular and socially relevant web sites. Currently at 68 sites (and counting), includes heavy hitters like:

    • Digg
    • Delicious
    • StumbleUpon
    • Blogger
    • LinkedIn
    • MySpace
    • Twitter
    • Disqus
    • Flickr
    • YouTube

UserNameCheck works by pinging the individual sites and requesting the username you enter in the search field. If “no user name” exists, the site reports back as so. Vice versa if your name is already taken. Results are displayed within seconds, providing a quick and easy solution for securing your online identity.

The idea here is to protect your brand, because you’ve worked hard to establish it. And, it doesn’t get any easier than this.

Thanks to Ajax, UserNameCheck is able to reduce your wait time and return query results as they happen.

Even if you don't use a site, consider securing your username. Many services actually create a site for you, usually something like You wouldn't want your competitor to own your name, would you?



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