Working in the magical world of social media, we are regularly looking to create accounts for clients across various social platforms and often – it is a well known client – we find that a particular account has been already taken by a cyber squatter.

To ensure a client’s identities are easier and quicker to find you need to identify a common username across multiple social media sites. I have been using a tool which does this called namechk. Basically it’s a service which allows you to type a username and check for its availability.

Brian Solis has also referred to another similar service known as Knowem which seems to be pretty good. Has anyone had any serious problems with cyber squatting?

About Chris Norton

Chris Norton is the founder of Prohibition and an award winning communications consultant with more than twenty years’ experience. He was a lecturer at Leeds Beckett University and has had a varied PR career having worked both in-house and in a number of large consultancies. He is an Integrated PR and social media blogger and writes on a wide variety of blogs across a huge amount of topics from digital marketing, social media marketing right through to technology and crisis management.