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Create a Personalised Name (Handle) for your YouTube Account

About This Document

This document explains how to create a personalised name for your side’s YouTube account.

The Value of a Personalised YouTube Account Name

Your side has a YouTube channel. It contains lost of videos of your side dancing at festivals, local events and perhaps even more: practices, social events, etc.)

You’d like more people to watch the videos: perhaps members of the side who don’t make much use of online services or former members of the side – not forgetting perhaps the most important group – potential new members of your side.

You’ll probably find that your side’s YouTube channel doesn’t have a memorable name – it may be something such as https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOyWIyD6Ap_nQy3bSY79OMw.

But recently YouTube announced that account holders could create what is referred to as a YouTube handle which YouTube describe as “a new way for people to find you and connect with you“. YouTube go on to explain that “unlike channel names, handles are unique to each creator, making it easier for you to establish a distinct presence on YouTube“.

Summary of the Benefits

YouTube have summarised the benefits which can be gained by creating a YouTube handle:

  • It is much easier to get noticed in short posts, videos, etc.
  • You can identify your side in a unique way
  • Others find your side’s videos on YouTube
  • You can connect with others in the YouTube community

How Do I Create a YouTube Handle For My Side’s YouTube Account

You should receive an email which will be sent to the email address associated with your side’s YouTube account which will explain how you can create your YouTube handle. In brief:

  • Make sure you are signed in to your side’s YouTube account (and not, for example, your personal YouTube account).
  • Visit https://www.youtube.com/handle You should see a suggested YouTube handle for the account.
  • Tweak or change the hande so that it reflects the name of your side (note sometimes names are suggested which contain a series of numbers after the account name – feel free to remove these numbers).
  • Save the handle for your account.

It can be that easy! Note, however, that YouTube are slowly rolling out the ability to create handles, so it may be that it’s not yet possible for your sites YouTube account.

What Next?

Once you have created a YouTube handle you should promote it! You can include the handle on your website or Facebook page, in publicity materials – and in videos you make!

We encourage Morris Federation sides to update their Teamfinder profile so that it includes your updated YouTube handle

When you visit a YouTube page for a side which has a tailored handle, the handle will be shown as illustrated below.

Figure 1: YouTube page for @bellesoflondoncity

Notice that the Belles of London City are able to use the same name (with some minor variants) across a number of social media channels:


We welcome feedback on this document. In addition we would like to hear from morris, sword and other traditional dance sides who use IT and would be willing to share their experiences. Would you like to contribute a case study?


Status of this Document

Document published: 26 Dec 2022

Licence for this Document

This document is available with a Creative Commons Sharealike (CC-BY) licence. In brief, this means you can copy and make changes to this document provided you give acknowledgements to the author/publisher. A suggested wording for acknowledgements is:

This document is based on the "Create a Personalised Name (Handle) for your YouTube Account" document by Brian Kelly, Comms and IT volunteer with the Morris Federation.

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