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Having to check username availability across social networks is tedious.
I used to log into each social media account and manually check to see if my preferred username hasn’t been taken by somebody else.
It’s an unavoidable task for anybody creating a brand.
Whenever I found a great username, I would get excited and then, invariably, discover that it had been taken on one major social network, meaning I had to go back to the drawing board.
And worse, I would usually discover this fact after having spent a chunk of time checking all the previous platforms.
Ever had that happen to you?
Imagine my delight then, when I discovered this nifty tool that checks username availability automatically across loads of social networks, in a matter of seconds!
And it gets better…
You can use this tool for free.
I made a video showing exactly how I use it:
Let me give you a bit of back story:
This blog was actually called something different in the beginning. But I had to rebrand because of my username not being available on one or more networks, which stopped me from creating a consistent brand experience.
I had registered the domain names and set up the blog first, with what I thought was a unique name… and before checking whether that name was available on Twitter, Facebook, and all the key social players.
After much debate, it suddenly occurred to me to name it after myself.
As it happens, theycallmehoz turned out to be the best branding of them all, because Hoz has been my nickname for many years (it just never occurred to me to turn it into my brand).
But that was an unexpected bonus. Generally, having to rebrand because of unavailable usernames is disheartening and can rob you of all momentum.
Understandably, I really didn’t want to go through the hoo-hah of checking manually again. I just couldn’t face it. So I started to ponder whether this is one thing I should outsource.
Then it occurred to me that what I really needed was…
Ok, I added the FREE bit, but really, I don’t expect great tools to be free. If and when I come across great tools that are free or that offer a free plan, I’m always grateful that the developers made that available.
As it happens though, I did find a tool to check username availability across multiple social media sites that is also free.
And as if that wasn’t enough, the tool will also check domain name availability across a wide range of domain extensions.
And it does all this in bulk!
How cool is that?
With this tool, you can do a bulk social media username search or you can get as granular as you want. For example. if you just want to see Snapchat username is availability, then just look at the Snapchat icon when you do your search.
How the username availability checker works
The tool is essentially a social media username lookup tool that will show whether the search was successful or not. If it wasn’t, it means the username is available.
A nice bonus is the fact that you can also use the tool to generate social media name ideas which could help you unearth gold nuggets you may not have thought of.
And all for free.
The interface is also very user friendly. Whenever you do a search, the results are colour coded so you can see right away on what social networks your username is taken and on which ones the username is available.
Not surprisingly, this tool has become one of my favourite resources, and once you try it for yourself, I’m sure it will become part of your own toolset.