Back in the early 2000’s when I just acquainted with the internet, “usernames” were the norm. But as most of you now know, getting to pick your unique username was hard. And in the last 8 years, I have seen a declining of websites that require you to pick a username to sign up or log in. I think they are also thinking like me.
The problem with usernames is that most people would have a hard time picking a unique username for themselves. Since it’s a username and not a nickname or screen name, it’s harder. How many times have you had to switch between username variations because they have all been taken, and then have to settle for something like “kheme2472483007”???
We already had a hard time picking a unique username of our emails addresses, so why put us through the same process again just to access a service on your website? Everyone ALREADY has a unique email address, yes? So why not use email addresses as log in “usernames” and let people pick their nicknames or usernames at liberty? That way I can log in using firstname.lastname@example.org (for intance) and set my username/screen name as whatever I want (Kheme) for instance.
I stopped using usernames for website access at least 5 or 6 years on the websites that I develop. However, some clients still want usernames despite my suggestions.
What do you think?