I’m trying to help  set up a youtube channel for my son, so he can show off his l337 skillz as a gamer.

It’s been quite difficult to find out gamertags have not been used. There is probably a simpler way, but the only method I can find is to log in to your xbox live account, then use the “find people or clubs” search function that will show you the details of an active xbox/microsoft account: e.g. https://account.xbox.com/en-au/Profile?GamerTag=Anna. If the account is available it the result is a view of your own account, which is not very intuitive.

Of course, this will only work if you’ve already got a microsoft account. Alternatively, you can look up xbox accounts via xboxgamertag: e.g. https://www.xboxgamertag.com/search/anna/

Now you’ve got to check if the same account name is available for the youtube platform…

It looks as if this can be done by using the youtube user url e.g: https://www.youtube.com/user/Anna. Nope. We also used https://www.namecheckr.com to determine what is available at YouTube. “Anna” is available at Google+, but not available at YouTube. “NerdBoy” is available at YouTube, but not a Google+. Even for some  that appeared to be available for both Google+ and YouTube, when we attempted to register them YouTube returned an erro rmessage “already in use”  🙁

Ideally we can find a username available on gmail, youtube and microsoft/xbox, plus whatever else the kids are into these days. (snapchat?, twitter? MySpace?)

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