Assume the following clickable social links at the footer of a website:

Find us at:
[F] @username
[I] @username
[Y] @username

Where [F] = Facebook icon, [I] = Instagram etc.

My question is, is it necessary to include the @ symbol before the username? Or is it nowadays obvious enough due to the icons shows at the left so the @ is redundant?

Edit: The reason I am asking is that I want to provide the most succinct version of that thing. In addition, I want to be including that section, as is, at the bottom of a printed leaflet of the client.

  • Not obvious. Is there a problem including @ ? Feb 1, 2023 at 20:51
  • @bloodyKnuckles: Edited to add more context. Thanks.
    – cherouvim
    Feb 2, 2023 at 6:10

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Necessary? - I don't think it's necessary to put it, but the reason many people add a "@" tag before their username is that while the "@" tag refers to a person/organization, most social media uses the tag "@" for their users' usernames.

enter image description here (Which one is the username? The one on the left or the one on the right?)

Also, if you are including it on a printed leaflet, having a "@" tag will help the audience know that it is a username.

If you think that it is redundant, you can do how others do for their social media links on their websites.

Fiddle.Digital Website (Screengrab from Fiddle.Digital website) - A great example of social media links on footer

  • In a similar vein, if you have one of the new gTLDs for your domain like fiddle.digital, it makes sense to add a www. or https:// in the printed link to let your audience know it's a URL and not just some weird way to spell your name Feb 2, 2023 at 11:56

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