Social media services such as Facebook and Twitter are an important part of a website's marketing and branding strategy. You need to have a presence on social media in order to take advantage of the traffic opportunities these services.
Do not look at social media as an afterthought. You need to plan ahead and look at whether suitable usernames are available to you before you register the domain name for your next project. If you do not, you may find that the name you registered as a domain name is already been used in social media.
In addition to domain name suggestion tools, you can use the tools and services listed on this page to help you check whether a username is available across multiple social media services.
I highly recommend using these tools before you register any domain names.
Brand Checker is a fast way of checking what username is available on hundreds of different services. Popular services such as Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia, and WordPress, are included. All services can be filtered by category, country, traffic rank, name, or random.
Check Usernames allows you to check a name against a whopping 160 social media networks. They also have a premium service in which they will sign up to over 300 social media services on your behalf.
ClaimBrand will check a name on over 1,000 social media services. Their premium service will register your chosen name at social media services you have selected.
Formal Founder is a useful free service that can verify your business name on social media networks, domain names and US government registrars.
Interestingly, the service will also check to see if there is an iOS or Android app out there with your name too. Search results are also highlighted to help you see who potential competitors are for your preferred keywords.
Be sure to check out my full review of Formal Founder.
KnowEm can check a name on over 500 social media services, over 150 domain extensions, and the whole USPTO trademark database.
A premium service is available to those who want KnowEm to register accounts on their behalf.
NameVine will check if a name is available on ten social media services. It will also make domain name suggestions using the name you entered.
NameCheck lets you check a name against ten social media services and twenty domain extensions.
A useful service that checks if a name is available on dozens of social media services and domain name extensions.
A great username checking tool that will check a name on dozens of social media services. It also checks the name across twenty-eight domain extensions and will verify if a trademark