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Add an Alternate Name and IM Nicknames to Facebook to ‎Make Yourself Easier to Find

24 April 2009 Posted by in category: Web Presence with Tags , , , , ,

When people are searching for you on Facebook, the first thing they do is run a search on your name. But what if they only know you by your maiden name or your name is just hard to spell? And what about the nickname you use on Skype, Google talk and AIM, Are they associated with your account? Facebook has a solution for these situations. In this post, we'll learn how to add an alternate name and IM screen names to your Facebook account, thus making you easier to find.

Alternate name on Facebook

As Facebook explain, the alternate name in your account "is only used to help people find you in search and will not show up in your profile". Use it "for a former name or a name in another language." Here is how to add an alternate name to your Facebook account:

  1. When logged in, choose "Account Settings" under "Settings" (you'll see it in the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Next to "Name," click "change."
  3. Enter a full name in the "Full Alternate Name" filed, and click the "Change Former Name" button below.



Once done, you'll see a note saying that "Your alternate name has been saved and will be used to help people find you in search."

IM screen name

To add your instant messaging nickname to your Facebook account, do as follows:

  1. Go to your profile page.
  2. Below your profile picture, click "Edit My Profile."
  3. Click "Contact Information."
  4. Choose your instant messaging accounts and fill in your nickname in the "IM Screen Name(s)" field (for some reason, you can only choose AIM, Google Talk, Skype, Windows Live, Yahoo, ICQ and Gadu-Gadu [?!]).

IM Screen Name on Facebook


you might also want to read 20 Social Media Practices to Use in Your Daily Life [Presentation].

[Via Search for names on Facebook (the link is to the English translation of the original post, which was written in Hebrew).]

22 Responses to “Add an Alternate Name and IM Nicknames to Facebook to ‎Make Yourself Easier to Find”

  1. Boaz Zemer 27 April 2009 at 3:20 pm (PERMALINK)

    Nice one!

  2. Jhangora 30 April 2009 at 10:23 am (PERMALINK)

    Thanx a lot. Very useful.

  3. Shah Nawaz 9 August 2010 at 9:24 pm (PERMALINK)

    Thanks! Was helpful.

    • Kasia 23 August 2010 at 9:56 am (PERMALINK)

      Hey, and what if I get an error message saying: Your alternate name has not been saved. You must provide your full name. ???

      • Eyal Sela 23 August 2010 at 10:05 am (PERMALINK)

        Sorry Kasia, I don’t know what to do in this case…

      • Lauren 21 July 2011 at 12:23 pm (PERMALINK)

        I have the same problem as Kasia. Does anyone know where we can find information to fix this problem?

  4. Fjesbok 5 September 2010 at 9:35 pm (PERMALINK)

    This is kinda hard to explain so ill try my best..
    When i go in peoples facebook profiles, some people have a personalized name in the browser searchfield suck as: insted of

    Do you know how to fix this to my profile?

  5. sam azgor 20 October 2010 at 8:04 pm (PERMALINK)

    hey i can,t add my yahoo!messenger . what is the system of adding these IM names

  6. Mattia 22 October 2010 at 7:57 pm (PERMALINK)

    Hi Eyal!

    I hope you could help me…
    i’m having some difficulties with adding my alternative name.
    I am studying Chinese and therefore I wanted to add my name in Chinese.
    The problem is, that FB won’t let me change it!
    Could you please help me? THX ALOT!


  7. Ajay 12 June 2011 at 9:09 am (PERMALINK)

    Very good Info

  8. Sonu Sharma 29 January 2012 at 7:15 pm (PERMALINK)


    I don’t have any alternate name how will it sound if i prefix my same real name in IM

    • Erni 9 February 2012 at 1:16 pm (PERMALINK)

      Thank you so much!! Somehow I misesd this when I set up my account, so I was very happy to find your instructions.

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  10. Abdulmutallib 7 May 2012 at 12:43 pm (PERMALINK)

    thanks alot, its now very clear 2 me

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  12. Rahul lakade 23 July 2012 at 3:23 am (PERMALINK)

    Thank help me

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    well kevin it took me ages to find it i think this is there web address
    and some info ,ring them for advice ,tell them marts said you would sort him out

  14. Name 5 September 2012 at 10:08 am (PERMALINK)


  15. Kheka 10 November 2012 at 10:58 am (PERMALINK)

    Thankfull to u…..