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How to change your name on TikTok

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When you start using TikTok, you’re asked for a profile name and a username. If you’ve been using TikTok for a while, though, it wouldn’t be unusual to decide that you want to change one or both. Perhaps you used your real name and weren’t aware at first that your name would be made public. Or perhaps the name you originally chose is no longer quite right for the type of content you’re going to post. Or perhaps you simply decided that you want to be known by something more exciting.

Either way, it’s simple to change either your profile name or your username. (In TikTok, the username is the one preceded by an @ sign.)

  • Go to your profile page (by tapping the Profile icon in the lower-right corner).
  • Select Edit profile.
  • Select Name (to change your profile name) or Username.
  • Type in your new name. (In the case of your username, remember that will have to be unique.)

You can change names on the Edit profile page.

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You can only change your username once every 30 days.

There are several other things you need to be aware of before you change your username. First, your username can only be changed once every 30 days, so make sure it’s one you can live with, at least for that period. In addition, if you change your username, that means you’ll be also changing your personal TikTok URL (which is usually in the form of something like tiktok.com/@username). As a result, anyone who tries to use the older address will no longer see your videos. And finally, if you have a verified account and change your username, that account is no longer verified.

Update August 10, 2022, 5:05PM ET: This article was originally published on July 21st, 2021, and has been updated to account for changes in the app’s interface.

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The Nintendo Switch is on sale with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for just $299.99

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The holidays (excluding Black Friday) are truly a time to show a little extra compassion and empathy toward our fellow humans, but if you feel the need to use that blue shell, don’t hesitate. Right now, multiple retailers still have an excellent Nintendo Switch bundle that includes a digital copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a three-month individual membership to Nintendo Switch Online, and a standard Nintendo Switch. Normally, the combined price of everything included in this bundle would cost roughly $368, but it’s currently available at Walmart, Target, and Best Buy for just $299.99.

The benefits of a Nintendo Switch Online subscription are a little less obvious. In addition to letting you compete online against other players in games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 3, an individual membership allows you to store your saved games in the cloud and provides access to exclusive discounts in the Nintendo eShop. However, the coolest benefit is that it grants you unlimited access to a growing library of classic NES and SNES titles, including Super Metroid, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Starfox, just to name a few.

If you do decide to pick up Nintendo’s discounted bundle this weekend, there are a handful of accessories we’d recommend for your new handheld, some of which are even currently on sale in the run-up to Cyber Monday.

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A Twitter executive got a court injunction to prevent Elon Musk from firing her

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Sinead McSweeney, Twitter’s Ireland-based global vice president of public policy, secured a temporary injunction from the High Court of Dublin to prevent her from getting fired, according to a report from The Irish Times. McSweeney claims she was locked out of her work accounts and Twitter’s Dublin office after not responding to the email Elon Musk sent to employees, which asked workers to reply “yes” to commit to Twitter’s “extremely hardcore” culture, or otherwise leave.

Musk sent out the email shortly after his Twitter takeover on November 16th, and gave employees a little over a day to confirm whether they wanted to stay at the company. If an employee didn’t click “yes” on the form included in the email, Twitter said it would “treat that as a resignation,” and then provide two months’ worth of payroll with benefits, along with one month of severance pay.

But McSweeney says she didn’t hit “yes.” According to The Times, McSweeney never replied to the email because it didn’t outline Musk’s expectations for employees who decided to stay, and the severance package didn’t meet her “contractual entitlements.” McSweeney later received an email confirming her “voluntary resignation” on November 18th.

While Twitter’s lawyers reportedly acknowledged that McSweeney wants to stay at the company and said they would restore access to her accounts, The Times reports that McSweeney’s still locked out and unable to work. Justice Brian O’Moore granted McSweeney the injunction on Friday, which prevents Twitter from firing her but doesn’t reinstate her employment. The court will revisit her case next week.

McSweeney isn’t the only Twitter executive to face uncertainty about their employment. After Robin Wheeler, Twitter’s former head of ad sales resigned earlier this month, Musk convinced her to stay, but then ended up firing her anyway. McSweeney similarly says she’s been getting “mixed messages” from Musk and that he’s been firing and rehiring employees “with no apparent logic.”

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The best Black Friday deals on smartwatches and fitness trackers

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Picking a smartwatch or fitness tracker can be daunting. There are dozens of factors to consider, such as style, durability, connectivity options, battery life, and the types of metrics tracked. Plus, there are enough models to make your head spin. With all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, it can be hard to know what’s worth it and what isn’t.

No worries. We’ve picked out the best deals so you don’t have to. They’re separated into three categories: smartwatches, multisport watches (for your hardcore athletes), and fitness trackers.

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