More than a Twitter name

I wrote yesterday about how I'd completed the final stage of my metamorphosis from @theiBlog to @OliverJHaslam. After years of trying to ditch the name of the site I tried to make a go of way back when, I finally changed all my profile pictures and ditched the Twitter handle. The website and email address went long ago, so this was well overdue.

Since then, someone has taken the @theiBlog Twitter handle for themselves, which they are obviously entitled to do. They've created a Medium blog for it too, and they've made a point to tell everyone that they're not me. From what I can see, they're not trying to impersonate me at all.

But that hasn't stopped people asking if I'd considered re-registering @theiBlog following my change of name, with the aim being to stop anyone using it.

In all honesty, it never crossed my mind.

When I wrote about killing my old persona, I mentioned that I was trying to get @OliverHaslam, but couldn't. The person with that account has never used it, so while they clearly don't want it, I couldn't have it either. And that's irritating.

If I'd created a new Twitter account using @theiBlog, I'd have been doing the same thing. The account would have sat dormant, doing nothing other than acting as a crude redirect to my new Twitter page. While it would have saved any potential misuse of that account, and meant that I could have managed the situation if anyone tried to contact me via it, it wouldn't have been right. Well, to me anyway.

So here we are. There's a new @theiBlog, and he or she is welcome to it. I'm not going to go and re-buy either, so if they want that, they know where to find it.

Since I started out I've been able to write for some of the biggest (outside the top four or so, anyway) tech and iOS sites around. I've written for Macworld, too. I'd like to think I'm more than a Twitter handle.

Over the coming weeks, I guess we'll find out just how true that really is.