August 2012

A subtle logo update and losing the cursor pointer

For those of you who know Fly Digital you’ll know it’s run by a guy (me) who is a bit of an aviation nut. That’s why the logo features that flying cursor pointer with its aerobatic smoke trailing behind (well that’s how I see it anyway).

However I had started to feel using the cursor pointer it was a little dated and didn’t sum up the services we provide here at Fly, so this week I had the logo updated very slightly and replaced the cursor pointer with a more generic streamlined shape.

Here’s the comparison – this was the old logo:

…and here is the new version:

A bit more modern looking hey?

I’d also been having some issues with the cursor pointer when reversing the logo out on black which I do quite a lot (like on the new website header). It never rendered well in white but the new streamlined shape solves that problem as well:

Just a bit of housekeeping on the logo rather than a rebranding, but one that I hope will help the company image ongoing.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. As a small business owner do you like your logo or have you recently gone through a redesign or rebranding exercise as well? I’d love to hear from you.

Find available screen names and how to update your twitter username

Sometimes you just need to change your online identity. Maybe you’ve recently changed your real name, or you’re being hounded by spam, or perhaps you’re just after fresh start. Whatever the reason, here are 3 tips for how to find that perfect new handle:

1) Twitter > Edit your account

Twitter allows you to check availability of a username in your account settings on its own website.

Click to your profile page, click the “Edit your profile” button then the “Account” link from the left and you’ll see the “Username” box above. Here you can type in new usernames and Twitter will instantly tell you if it’s available.

2) Name generator sites

Stuck for what to call yourself though? No problem – name generator sites can help. SpinXO (pictured left) is one of the best that I’ve found as it allows you to type in your interests, keywords and “must have” words and then generates options based on that.

You can then click on the name(s) that interest you and check their availability.

3) Name checker websites

But what happens if you’re after the same username that you can use across multiple sites? It can be cumbersome to go to each social media site individually and check using their own tools.

A better way is to use a site like namechk.com or checkusernames.com which let you type in your username and search availability across every social media site you can think of in one go.

Good luck with updating your identity online, let us know in the comments if you have any tips of your own.