Community: Fandom Nicknames

Community: Fandom Nicknames

Many of the biggest Youtube creators have a catchy nickname for the followers. Giving a nickname to your group of followers is an easy way to show appreciation for their loyalty.

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Who does the nicknaming?

Most of the time nicknames come directly from the viewer base, however, you always have the option of naming your own followers. Do you have a nickname you have already picked out, something you are partial to, or is there an unfortunate nickname opportunity you are trying to avoid? Than best take the bull by the horns and name your followers before they name themselves. 

What is a nickname?

Nicknames are a fun way to address your loyal subscribers as a whole and the concept does not stop at youtube. Many music stars have fan group names: Justin Bieber's “Beliebers”, Beyonce’s “Beyhive”, and Lady GaGa’s “Monsters”. These names can be a play on your channel name (or your name), a funny moment or meme that derived from your content, or even something totally irreverent depending onthe type of content you create. The options are limitless!  

Why use a nickname?

A nickname is a small gesture that goes a long way. Many channels use it as an appreciation giveaway or contest when they reach a subscriber milestone or a way to take the pulse of their viewer base through a poll vote. Ultimately, your followers will wear their nickname with pride, be able to easily identify other fans, and be more likely to spread the word about your content.