When people see my tweets, they often ask “why JoeBugBuster?”
My first tech job was at a now-defunct startup called MicroRight. The company offered vertical market software and systems for video stores. At one point I was doing software testing, and really took the job to heart. Apparently I did a good job, because I was nicknamed BugBuster in recognition of the number of bugs I identified.
The name stuck. I even named my first web site BugBuster’s Best, complete with a spider dropping down a web strand.
I also recognized that troubleshooting comes naturally to me: First as a tech, then as a team lead, and later as a systems engineer. First I was troubleshooting hardware and software, then I troubleshot under-performing sites, and now I am a troubleshooter for systems of systems.
Those Darned Exterminators
When I first decided to join Twitter, I’d intended to use BugBuster as my account name. It turned-out that one was taken. So were several variations, some of which had been claimed by exterminators.
I ultimately decided to add Joe on the front, like “Hey you! Joe!” JoeBugBuster was born. My first tweet:
— Steve Case (@JoeBugBuster) September 11, 2008
Since then I’ve tweeted tens of thousands of times, due in large part to NostalgiaChat. (A Twitter Chat that I co-host on Sundays.)
First Words, Then Pictures
Years later, I finally succumbed to Instagram. Since JoeBugBuster was available, I went for it. It’s somehow poetic that Joe BugBuster’s first post there was of a Dragon:
JoeBugBuster’s postings on Instagram are just a shadow of those on Twitter – But over time, who knows?
No Turning Back
I’ve debated whether I’d switch to BugBuster if the account name became available. There’s a lot to be said for shorter Twitter handles, since Twitter limits messages to 140 characters, including account names.
However, “Joe” has become part of my personal brand. I’d also feel a little “off” if people stopped referring to me as Joe on Twitter.
What’s the story behind your social media account names?