With millions and millions of Internet users, it is virtually impossible to get good usernames nowadays. Unless your name is uncommon, you won’t find usernames of your name on places like Facebook, Twitter or any of the popular web and email services.
But, as you can understand, a good username is what counts. I’m sure you’ve come across email addresses with digits (typically revealing the age of the user, LOL). In my opinion, these are the worst of the lot. They show no creativity and are just complicated.
In another article, I provided detailed advice and tips on how to make an email address of your name. On this page we will look at some of the advantages of such an address.
Before we start, please note that services like Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail (now Outlook.com) and AOL offer free email accounts. You can probably find an email address of your name on one of these services. However, with millions of users, the chances of that happening are slim. A nice option is to get a domain name and set up an email address on it.
You see, with domain names there is a lot more of choice. Even if the dot-com is unavailable, you can pick up other great extensions like .name, .me, .guru and many many more.
If you think about it, an email address is way more than just an address. It’s your online identity! Here are a few advantages I came up with. Let me know what you think by posting a comment below.
Take a look at www.GoDaddy.com (presently the world’s largest domain name registrar) or 1&1 E-Mail. These two domain name sellers offer top-notch services at unbeatable prices. In addition to plans for email addresses, you can also set up a web site on your domain name fairly quickly.
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