I just registered a new Twitter handle today: @dashdashgreater

Now, that's a meaningless handle written out using letters, but here's what it would look like on a business card:

Steve Brownlee . Builder of Things . Nashville, TN

Twitter: @-->

How cool is that?

Of course, it's not really idiot proof, because it could also be interpreted as @hyphenhyphengreaterthan, which, of course, is too long for Twitter handle.

Oooooh, I just thought of my next weekend project! Build a service that takes a symbolic Twitter handle and redirects to its alphanumeric endpoint. I could call it pictwigram or twimbolic. All you would do is go to a URL like...>

and it would redirect to

I think people could remember symbolic handles much easier than @glopez479. The downside is that there aren't that many memorable pictograms. I'm not sure that @&!+# is any more memorable than @noluck900.

Anyway, I think it's a cool idea, but not sure if it's for everyone.

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Steve Brownlee

Head Coach at Nashville Software School. Evolving software development education.