How to Change the Capitalization of My Twitter ID
By David Nield
The capitalization of your Twitter ID, like the ID itself, is up to you and can be modified at any time through your profile settings. Changing the capitalization of your ID does not affect your followers, your Tweets or anything on your Twitter profile except the ID displayed underneath your avatar. Replies sent to you in the future will adopt the new capitalization format automatically, though replies using the old format will still work and appear in your Connect tab.
Log in to Twitter and click the gray gear icon. Select "Settings" from the drop-down menu.
Click inside the Username field to make changes to the capitalization of your ID. You can change your ID at the same time if you wish, as long as your new ID has not already been claimed by another Twitter user (if this is the case, an alert stating "Username has already been taken" will appear.)
Scroll down to the foot of the page, and then click "Save Changes." The new capitalization format is applied, and your Twitter URL is updated accordingly.
- In many scenarios, the capitalization of a Twitter username does not matter. The URLs "twitter.com/userName" and "twitter.com/UsernamE" both lead to the same profile, and replies sent to a user will work irrespective of how lowercase and uppercase letters are employed.
- The capitalization of your Twitter ID makes the most difference when it's displayed to others (whether on screen or in print), and you may want to modify it to appear more professional or to make your username easier to understand. As spaces are not permitted in Twitter usernames, capitalizing each word can make the ID easier to scan at a glance.
- You may want to send out a Tweet to your followers drawing attention to your ID's new format, though no changes are required from their end. Badges and widgets linking to your Twitter account from other websites are updated automatically. Be sure to update the capitalization of your Twitter ID wherever it's displayed (on a website footer, for example).
An information technology journalist since 2002, David Nield writes about the Web, technology, hardware and software. He is an experienced editor, proofreader and copywriter for online publications such as CNET, TechRadar and Gizmodo. Nield holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and lives in Manchester, England.