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If you want to promote your Twitter handle off-line especially in spoken formats, eg announcing at a conference "follow Anna_goes_home on Twitter for live-tweet updates, then the underscore is a pain. It's hard to vocalise, and a fair proportion of non-tech-heads won't even know what an "underscore" is. But if your promotions are totally on-line using ...


Twitter fully supports underscores in usernames; their support article even recommends it to those unable to get their preferred handle. Adding underscores before or after your desired username will help you claim a unique handle on Twitter. But therein lies a rub; having an underscore-containing name sends the message that you were late to the party ...

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