When you sign up for an online account you will need to provide a user name. This name is likely to be the name of your account, and the name that will be displayed to others online.
And of course you will need to select a username for your email address. Usernames and email addresses are usually all lower case and between 6-14 characters.
Remember your username is your ‘face’ to the online world so make sure your username or email address you will use for work or study won’t embarrass you or other people.
Here are a few things to remember when choosing your username:
- Choose something that is easy to remember
- Choose something that is easy to tell other people, especially over the phone
- Avoid tricky spelling, as it is too easy for other people to get wrong
- For some online accounts, such as online games, it can be better to remain anonymous
- Avoid including identifying information such as your date of birth
Children and young people should:
- Avoid identifying information such as name, suburb, school or date of birth
- Avoid suggestive words
- Keep it gender neutral
It can be fun choosing your username, and if you find a good one you really like you can then use it again on other online services. This will, if you want, help you create your online identity and that Dear Reader is tomorrow’s post.