How to change your Twitter username

Flight of Lesser Sandhill Cranes Is Airborne over the Lillian Annette Rowe Bird Sanctuary at Grand Island, Nebraska, in Early Morning...03/1975

A friend on Facebook mentioned that he created a new Twitter account with the username he now prefers to use. He didn’t know that you can change your existing username and keep your followers without creating an entirely new account.

Here’s how to change your Twitter username and keep your followers without starting over with a new account.

Step 1: Set up a new Twitter account and call it something unrelated to anything such as @zippitydoodah or whatever you want to call it. This is a temporary account.

Step 2: Log out of Twitter.

Step 3: Log into your soon-to-be-old Twitter username/account. For example: @gdbenedetto.

Step 4: Go to In the username field at the top, type the name of your new Twitter username. For example: @goddamnglenn

Click the “save changes” button.

Step 5: Log out of Twitter.

Step 6: Log into your temporary account (i.e. @zippitydoodah). Go to and in the username field at the top, type the name of your OLD Twitter username. For example: @gdbenedetto.

Click the “save changes” button.

Step 7: Go to and udpate your profile letting people know you can now be found at your NEW account (that has retained all your followers from the OLD account.) For example: Hello! I am now at @GoddamnGlenn. Follow there! Fantastico!

Click the “save changes” button.

Shazam! You have now changed your Twitter username and kept your followers.

Step 8: Make yourself a cocktail and watch the video for “Bachelor Hours” by the goddamn delightful Parlour Bells.


Photo Credit: Flight of Lesser Sandhill Cranes Is Airborne over the Lillian Annette Rowe Bird Sanctuary at Grand Island, Nebraska, in Early Morning, March 1975″ by Patricia D. Duncan from The U.S. National Archives.

The Sooz List: Spotify playlists for Boston bands and other favorite music

spotify music listening serviceSpotify has become my favorite music listening service. I love how easy it is to make and share music playlists.

Here are a few of my music playlists. If you’re on Spotify, click the subscribe button to save the playlist so you can come back to it later. This is especially handy for playlists that are updated more than once including my Boston Rocks! playlist.

Nostalgia For The Present— new songs I’ve dug up
Boston Rocks! — songs by bands from the Boston area, 5+ hours
The Tragically Hip — my favorite Hip songs spanning their 20+ year career
Lloyd Cole — one of the most talented singer/songwriters of our lifetime
Everything But The Girl — I’m not as into the newer “remixy” music but this band remains a favorite

Retweetable and true: A quote from Chris Anderson about doing what you need to do

photo of Pattenburg (Musconetcong) Tunnel by Owls Flight Photography

I’ve spent the past month (aka my first month after job layoff) rethinking and remodeling my consulting business and my website projects. It’s as if it was Spring cleaning in July/August! Late last night I saw a tweet by Chris Anderson (you know, that long tail guy) that was retweeted 3093030 times. (OK, maybe only 30303.) I don’t think there could have been a better thing to read at that very moment. In fact, I plan to read it every morning before I dig into the day’s work for the foreseeable future.

In crazy times, put your head down & build something cool. Ignore the noise & follow your nose. If it matters to you, it matters.


One of the projects I’ve done some rethinking and remodeling for is Solo Boston. It’s an idea that has had a few different project names over the years since 1999. It seems like this name just might stick! If you work on your own in the Boston area as a freelancer, free agent or consultant — join us. The monthly lunch I hosted for many years is coming back to life in September. The motto of Solo Boston is “solo but not alone.” Indeed!

Photo of Pattenburg (Musconetcong) Tunnel by Owls Flight Photography on Flickr.

Seventeen years later

Nebraska road in Scribner

What’s happened since I last wrote a blog entry at several months ago? I started a new job as web editor at the Phoenix, became an even more crazed super fan of OldJack (ammmmazing Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble performance!) and as of this month, I’ve now spent seventeen years in Boston. Seventeen!

It was seventeen years ago this month that I packed as much as I could in three bags, got on a plane and left Nebraska for Boston. I wish I had a photo of my stellar packing skills: everything from clothes, some plates I stole from the college cafeteria, cd player, posters, etc. It was supposed to be a summer trip and then I’d return to Nebraska and finish college. Except I didn’t move back and I never finished college. That “Internet thing” happened and I kept getting jobs working in web/tech. I also fell in love with the Boston rock music scene — and here I am, seventeen years later.

Everyone always asks how I ended up in Boston. Most assume I went to college here.  When I was a junior at Doane College (Crete, NE), a friend told me we had to get something called an email address. I had no idea what she was talking about. Eventually I figured out what it was and found email lists for fans of bands I was into at the time. I made friends online — one in particular through the 10,000 Maniacs mailing list and then several more on a BBS called ISCABBS.

Everything in my life changed when I got online on whatever day that was in September of 1993. The house I stayed in for the summer was a room sublet via a friend on ISCABBS who was studying abroad. Everything was arranged online and fortunately when I arrived it wasn’t a cruel joke — I actually had a place to live.

Every day since then has been an adventure.


[The photo is a dirt road outside of Scribner, Nebraska, near where I grew up.]