I’ve noticed in the last year or two when I attend conferences they may have a spot for your name, but they don’t have a spot for your online handle. This is not good if you’ll be somewhere where you are face to face with a lot of people that you normally only interact with online. They could easily know you on line, but not know your face or your non-screen name and walk right my. I have tried to help that a little bit by using this same photo one of me and a close up of my face as my icon on every service I subscribe to. (In fact I wore the suit one day to LauraPalooza and had several people say “It’s your Facebook picture!” ) But I thought there had to be a better way.
I discovered that there are places that are actually selling Twitter handle jewelry, but that was above my price range so I spent part of this summer fiddling around with making a second nametag I could take with me with my icon photo and handle. Frankly, I was disappointed with the results and wearing two name badges were clunky. Then I had an inspiration!
When I was younger I’d watched at the Old Threshers craft show every year and one year got a wire jewelry pin with my name. (I actually have the ones from my grandmother and her mother’s too). The wire jewelry hadn’t cost near what the Twitter handle jewelry did. (I understand the materials were probably better, but I just wanted something practical. It didn’t have to be fancy.) Unfortunately I didn’t think of it until after Old Threshers was over for the year. So I asked around and couldn’t find anybody making wire name jewelry locally, but I did find it online. Now next time you see me at a conference, check out my pin!