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I want to start a new online identity and use a single common identifier on as many sites as possible. What web apps or other methods are available for me to check if my proposed nickname is already in use? I definitely want to avoid any service that might start cybersquatting on the name, if any are suspected of doing that.

Edit: agreed, this does make my online presence very searchable, and I'll give that some more thought.

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namechk.com will check 149 sites (although some don't seem to work). The check is done on the client-side using JavaScript, so name squatting is not easily possible.

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Nice one, neo. Thanks for that. –  William Jul 9 '10 at 12:06

getsocialname.com will also examine 149 websites (although some don't seem to work). The examine is done on the client-side using JavaScript, so name dead lifting is not quickly possible.

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Are you affiliated with the mentioned service? If yes, please disclose it. Thanks! –  Alex Feb 4 at 16:57

Also, another option is namechecklist.com which will tell you domain availability and search engine rankings as well.

Its not as comprehensive on the social media part, but it is quite elegant.

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I made anagrams out of my favourite things until I found one that wasn't taken!

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Zoloft, Fresca, and Xtacy? –  BarrettJ Jul 9 '10 at 13:49
    
FZeroX. But close! –  ZoFreX Jul 10 '10 at 23:21

Similar to namechk.com mentioned by @neo, knowem.com will search 150-300 sites for free, and will register them for you if you pay for their premium service.

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Thanks, this is a great choice too. I like the way they divide sites into topics. –  William Jul 9 '10 at 12:05

Long time ago I started to use couple of random letters (Fczbkk) as my nickname. So far it was everywhere I tried to register. Even my domain (http://fczbkk.com) was free. Choosing "Fczbkk" was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

So if you just need an unique identifier for your on-line identity, I'd recommend using any random generator. Or you can smash your forehead against the keyboard or something like that.

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This is an interesting idea. I was hoping to use something less random but this method is growing on me. I am going to try bashing my head on the keys shortly :D –  William Jul 9 '10 at 12:07
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IIRC, this was how xkcd was born too. –  Benjol Jul 9 '10 at 12:45
    
Good idea, and you can choose random letters and then try to give it any meaning. Could result in something quite fun ! –  Julien N Jul 9 '10 at 15:53
    
On reddit.com it's pretty common to create usernames after CAPTCHAs new users get on registration –  Andrew Андрей Листочкин Jul 11 '10 at 2:13
    
@Benjol Here's the reference youtube.com/watch?v=zJOS0sV2a24 @ 44:30 –  Evan Plaice Jul 14 '10 at 6:08

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