RE: [IxDA] Username vs. Screen Name

5 May 2010 - 11:58pm
6 years ago
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Hi Kbnova, If you want personally my opinion then I like ----- "screen name" for chat programs & "username" for websites. Because its simple to understand by anyone.

regards krvishal the design tree +919886173878 > -----Original Message----- > From: [] On Behalf Of > kbnova > Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2010 4:14 AM > To: > Subject: [IxDA] Username vs. Screen Name > > I'm working on redesigning a website that uses the term "screen name" > rather > than "username". Personally, I am more used to seeing and using > "username". > The last time I regularly used "screen name" was back in the '90s with > AOL. > However, that is just my personal opinion. I'm curious how others > feel > about it - which term do you tend to use? Are "username" and "screen > name" > exactly equivalent or would you use them differently - e.g. "screen > name" for > chat programs but "username" for websites? > > (((Please leave all content below this line))) > ________________________________________________________________ > Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) Discussion! > Manage Account .......... > Discussion Guidelines .......... > > -- > > View original post: > > >


6 May 2010 - 2:35am
Damjan Obal

Had similar dilemmas and eventually had problems when using "screen name" instead of username. I agree that "screen name" is self explanatory and more appropriate yet, I guess users are used to the good old "username." Esp. in regions where english is used as the "online language" but is not the officially spoken language.

7 May 2010 - 12:57am

I personally try to avoid "user" as it seems to divorce the designers & developers from the real people on the other end. And, in the end, do we really want to think of ourselves as "users"? We're people. In that sense, I personally prefer screen name or login name.


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