Before I begin, I feel like this has been discussed before, but I could not find a relevant thread on the forum. The closest I found was this thread: http://forum.frontrowcrew.com/index.php?p=/discussion/2276/your-account-name/p1
The end of the started going in the direction I hope this one goes, but I don't think that was the original purpose of that forum thread.
I've always felt a good username has several characteristics.
1) Short & Simple, a word, or a few small words put together
2) Something unique, not likely to be taken anywhere.
3) Pronounceable, something you can say to another person and not worry about them messing up the spelling.
4) Does not have numbers/letters/symbols appended to the end to make the name work.
5) Domain name, ideally, I'd also like to register a related domain name.
I've been fond of Reol, it was the first username I created after my early teen years where it was all about Dragons, Wizards, or, "Your Mom" etc.... Think FPS, "Reol was killed by Your Mom"
A problem I've been running into the last several years is that "Reol" is too short to use for a lot of websites or new services out there, my alternate username "Tselen" is just a mess to say or get others to spell. I've had to resort to adding a number/letter combo to my name just to be able to use it in places.
I've been thinking about changing my username, as I would like a single username I can use on most, if not all of the interwebs. If I only change the name on places/services I use, then actually changing it shouldn't be too hard. The problem I'm coming across is that damn near everything I've come up with that I find acceptable is already taken somewhere.
So I'm fine with what I'm using, if I can come up with something to change to, that's also good. I'm open to suggestions, if anyone has any ideas that may help my dilemma. I'm sure I'll find something I'm happy with before too long.
But that's not why I'm posting this.
What's going to happen in the future? I feel like I'm having a pretty hard time now just coming up with something new, what are my kids & their kids going to do? Are usernames going to be replaced by something in the future? Will all usernames a decade from now be a proper noun with 4-6 digits attached to it? Will we start passing usernames down to our kids as we do our last name?
I'm just curious what others think. Everyone I've talked to about it just seems to think I'm crazy and there's no problem. At the same time though, I feel like this may be a problem for the future, and I think the general populace of the forum might understand this issue better than some people I've spoken with.