I am looking for examples in the wild of sites and services that started out with a unique identifier as the login authentication and have recently switched to email as the login authentication.
Anyone seen this recently?
I am interested in documenting how they are alerting users to this shift in auth models and the UI flows that follow.
Any pointers and leads would be appreciated.
Principal, Tangible UX
Author: Designing Social Interfaces
Erin, I don't have a straight answer for you, but some thoughts I hope
may be helpful. My assumption is that you are working on a project that
is planning to make this switch. I would ask why? Whilst most people I
think do choose to use their email address as a username, there are some
who don't, and forcing them not to makes it harder for them.
Is it not possible to offer them the choice - e.g. on initial
registration have a tick box for 'use my email address as my username',
and/or to default the username input box to the previously-supplied
Forcing email address, also means that partners who share their email
addressses (we have many such in our database) can't have unique logins.
If you are force changing aspects of login, then I would suggest that
you do two things
1) email all registered customers to let them know what's happening, and
what will be expected of them
2) intercept logins with a message or input fields
On 12/06/2010 20:08, emalone wrote:
> Hi all-
> I am looking for examples in the wild of sites and services that
> started out with a unique identifier as the login authentication and
> have recently switched to email as the login authentication.
> I am interested in documenting how they are alerting users to this
> shift in auth models and the UI flows that follow.
> Erin Malone
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