There’s a rising trend in social media: squatters.  Seems that the latest Twitter trend is for squatters to snatch up trademark Twitter IDs.  Nicole Kidman, Coca Cola, and Nike have all had their names snatched up by others.  (You can read the full Squatters Creating Twittering Confusion article.)  Even Kayne West spoke out against Twitter and called on the site to take down the user tweeting under his name.

We all don’t have the power of Kanye or Coca Cola or Nike but there are steps we can take to protect our name and our brand across the different social media networks.

If you’re not a member of this Tribal Seduction Tribe, you may have missed the LIVE show Coach Deb was on last week talking about Protecting Your Social Media Identity.  It’s a short video – designed to motivate you to TAKE ACTION to protect your brand, build your reputation online, and get you Traffic & online presence all over the internet!

There are specific action steps for you to take to lock up your first and last name, brand and company name on the different social networks.

ACTION STEP: Lock up your first and last name on the different social networks. Lock up your brand or company name.

Be sure to lock up your name on the following sites:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Squidoo
  • FriendFeed
  • Plurk
  • YouTube
  • LinkedIn
  • MySpace

Try to grab the same user name if you can.  Lock up your name and brand even if you’re not going to be actively using them.

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