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New Connect Feature: Unique Usernames

Google Administrator

Thanks to your feedback, Connect now supports unique usernames for everyone. Upon logging into Connect, you’ll be prompted to create a unique username—one that identifies you individually.

 

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This feature will make it easier to find and tag other Local Guides on Connect—gone are the days of searching for a specific @LuisR or @MegS among dozens of other Local Guides with the same name.

 

You can change your username at any time by clicking your profile photo in the top right corner, then clicking “Change your User Name.”

 

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Give it a whirl and let us know what you think.

 

FAQs

What should my username be?

Your username should be something unique that identifies you as an individual. Don’t impersonate someone, and don’t use a business name. The Local Guides program is for individuals, not businesses. For more information, review the Local Guides Program Terms and Conditions.

 

Do I have to change my username?

If you were prompted to change your username upon logging into Connect, it means your original username is not unique—another Local Guide shares the same name as you. You must change your username to be unique. If, however, you were not prompted to change your username, you’re welcome to keep your current one.

 

Can my username have a space in it?

Usernames cannot contain spaces.

 

Does my username affect my profile URL?

Your username is independent of your profile URL—changing your username will not affect your profile URL.

 

What happens to my username if I delete my account?

Your username will be removed if you delete your account—no one else will be able to use it.

102 Comments
Level 9

@MegS

 

Great news... check my new photo related with Google Local Guides here.

From my point of views :)

Connect Moderator

One of our top wishes just came true!  Thank you very much to the Connect Team!

Level 7

 Already changed and used this feature.

Awesome change, it makes tagging people so much easier!

Level 9

Short video "How To"...for any case :) @MegS

Level 10

Awesome 

 

Level 9

Thanks, it's a nice addition, but i will keep mine, as i like and it's unique :)

Level 8

Nice feature ..!

Level 8

This was a Most requested featur....

Thanks @MegS For this access.

Connect Moderator

YESSS @MegS! This is so well needed. It's been frustrating at times to find other Local Guides here on Connect. I just changed mine.

 

Cheers!

 

Karen

Google Administrator

@DraganKajtez What an awesome video, thank you!

Level 9

@TraciC

You're welcome, it's not pro work... But it can be helpful :)

Level 9

 Thank you @MegS for adding this new valuable feature

 

Regards

 

Budi

Level 7

 Thank you, @MegS changed my username now I will share news with my Perth Local Guides community 

Level 8

Thanks. This is very helpful. I already changed my username. 

Level 10
Oh joy! This is great. Although my name itself is pretty unique already, my username would pretty much be my name hehe. Would be helpful finding others.
Level 8

That's great! Thanks a lot!

Level 7

when you want change your username it could be great if the form answer "the user name is in use by other user" or something...

 

Level 8

Love the new feature - thanks, @MegS! Now...to decide on a new handle lol, that's the tough part.

Finally the most awaited feature is here ☺. Now it will be easy to tag someone easily.

Level 8

@MegS Nice addition. I will keep my one. :)

Level 8

@MegS 

Level 8

@MegS new features Google Maps thanks 

@MegS good work by LG team. Thanks

Level 9

@MegS in connect my user name was VargheseJ but i changed to Varghese Jose is it ok if space is kept . 

Level 8

Good news for all

Level 7

Definitely a great change for local guy members already there are so many positive comments just in the single update.

Level 7

Just changed mine, its a nice feature.

Gostei muito! Já personalizei o meu nome! ;)

 

Como participamos de uma Comunidade Global, seria interessante se ao lado do nome tivesse as 3 letras referentes ao país de cada um...

Ex: LuizDeFreitas #BRA

Hi, @MegS
Thank you very much for this new feature. Since I joined LGC last summer, my nickname is N/A. Some of Google moderator promised me "It will be fixed soon."
This is the day!  Finally I could change my nickname "ふぁんトント_toyo" from N/A. "ふぁんトント" is not a business name. I have been using it since 2002 in many social media, Google+,Twitter, Facebook,YAMAP,YAMARECO,...etc. However, it is NOT a real name.Therefore, I added "_toyo" at the last. It is a part of my real name.For English speaking user, just call me "Toyo" It's simple.

 

Once again, I deeply appreciate giving me an opportunity to get new name in LGC. But I miss the former name N/A...I wonder why?

Level 7

super cool feature, easy tagging and searching for connect members now.

Level 8

Finally, it's out! Yeah (y)! Thanks for your sharing @MegS.

Level 8

I was looking for this option. Now its available...great 

Level 7

@MegSThank you very much for this new feature, excellent update! It is impossible to enter a long name, there is a restriction of up to 15 letters.

Is it possible to slightly increase the limit of input letters?

Thank you very much to the Connect Team!

Level 9

Thank you for making this special on Conect

Connect Moderator

Hi @ふぁんトント_toyo,

 

Please do not mind my feedback regarding your new username.

 

For user cannot type Japanese like myself, it is very hard to mention you.  May you will consider to put toyo in the front instead?

Level 7

@MegS Great, thanks!

Google Administrator

@ValeriiK Excellent feedback. Will relay. Thanks!

Google Administrator

@ふぁんトント_toyo Glad to hear!  :D

Level 7
Thats great)
Level 8

Wish I could've kept my old one, but it said it was invalid 

Level 7

Hi @MegS

This is cool feature of all that we can change & edit our own name. We will wait for more features like this.

 

Thanks

Hi, @Sampson Fung

Thank you for your feedback. For new users can type Japanese in SVTP, it is very easy to mention me. For the time being it is more important for me to discuss them.

Connect Moderator
Level 7

Thanks @MegS, now i've changed my username :D

Well, I was actually having a hard time tagging user / moderator for using his / her post somewhere else. 

 

Great feature.

 

Thanks,

Zalak

Level 7

@MegS, shouldn't that prompt state that "your user name is not unique" instead of falsely claiming that it "contains invalid characters"? I was just about to bring this up as a bug before I saw this thread.

Terimakasih @MegS, sangat membantu sekali untuk menggunakan nama lain yang saya miliki. Karena bagi sebagian orang mempunyai nama panggilan atau nama populer untuk eksistensi nya di jagat internet.

 

Salam,

 

Sadeli Zanikhan

Level 8

Oh, Great.

Got my loving username. Same as my Gmail ID.

@SajolKDas

Level 8

Hi @MegS  Thanks for shaing for adding the new features. great updatation.