An AJAX powered service, UserNameCheck lists over 60 social networking platforms all in one dashboard. To check where your username is registered, simply type in your username in the provided field and click on “check.” UserNameCheck then lists which sites are available. Each social networking site is also linked to their homepage, in case you want to claim your username for that particular site.
As for privacy, the UserNameCheck team only stores and asks for the username you want tested. Anyone can check any username for the sites provided. The storing of usernames is only to track the unique tests performed.
Buzz Meter Ranking: 4 out of 4 Buzz Bees
Positive: UserNameCheck is an excellent service for companies trying to create a social online presence. Organizations will want the same username for branding purposes and consistency. One username is also easier to maintain than 20 different names! The service also enables people to check where they’ve registered specific usernames (incase they forgot) or to see how many social networks they’ve joined.
Negative: UserNameCheck takes a while to verify availability; sometimes 30 seconds to 3 minutes. Currently, the service has over 60 sites listed and is in the process of adding more. With the addition of more sites, the time it takes to check for availability of a username may also increase.
Conclusion: Almost all online social networks you join require a username. The creators of UserNameCheck are ahead of the game acknowledging the growth of online social networks and the possibility of people wanting the same usernames. What would we do without WHOIS to check for domain name availability? Now, with UserNameCheck, we have a similar tool for usernames. The idea and the tool is brilliant!