A majority of web-based services can only be used properly once you create an account. For instance, though you may be able to browse through online forums, you can only reply if you have a account. And for this one needs to register at the service, provide the required details including the login information which consist of a username and password.
A username, sometimes also known as a user ID, identifies your account and may also determine the web address of your profile page. Thus, your username is used in the email address (the part before the ‘@’ sign) or in the URL of profile page (for example, http://twitter.com/CHOSEN-USERNAME).
Popular online services like email or social networking sites have millions upon millions of users because of which getting a username of choice – one that correctly “defines” you – becomes difficult. On this page, I shall offer some tips and advice on how to procure a memorable username for your online account.
As mentioned above, the username is an integral part of your online identity be it an email address or a URL of your account. So it is very important to make sincere efforts to get a username of choice and not pick the first one that pops in your head. And this is especially true for businesses and professional organizations.
Please understand that you can get a username only if it’s available; i.e. not being used by another member. And since popular online services have millions of subscribers, it may be tough for new registrants to find a username that fits the bill.
In their hurry to have the account up and running, many people who can’t get their first few choices, simple pick up a username from one of the suggestions, if offered. Refer image below which is from the Gmail email service. These ‘suggested usernames’ are generated by programs and based on the information supplied by you – they lack in quality and, if I may say so, personality!
Here are a few tips to help beginners get a good username – one they would cherish for years to come. It would be great if you share some of your thoughts – use the form at the end of the page.
Conclusion: No need to lose heart if you don’t get a username of your name. There would be plenty of other options available if you spend a little time on this and rack your brains.
You may also be interested in knowing how to make a password to prevent / deter hacker attacks on your online accounts.
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