Sorry, that User Name is already taken...

@polachicago (19143)
United States
February 3, 2010 8:35pm CST
How many times do you try to set up new account before you give up? I was about to set up an account on one of very popular sites. I have no idea about user name not already taken.
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
4 Feb 10
They usually give you a list that you can use other than the one you wanted
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
4 Feb 10
the list is so complicated, I will never remember.....
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
4 Feb 10
Get a tablet write it down thats where all mine are. most in my head but all on or in the notebook
@maezee (22280)
• United States
4 Feb 10
Oh my! I hate when this happens. Luckily on GPT sites and the like I generally don't have any issues because not too many people are members or you can usually just use your email to sign up, which is of course unique to you. But when making free e-mails or joining a site that's super popular..Well, it's definitely hard! I sometimes will just add some random numbers at the end or use some of their suggestions. It takes too long to think up a good, one-of-a-kind screen name.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
4 Feb 10
I gave up after 11th attempt, including same user name I use on many sites, my mother, my father and the rest of my family names. The problem is that I try to have user name easy to remember and same password in case I will not save it...
@gantwick (849)
• United States
4 Feb 10
I sometimes run into that problem. I usually am able to get the user name that I want, although I have a couple of backup names in mind if, for some reason, the name I want is taken.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
4 Feb 10
nice to see you again I usually get what I want, but I run into the problem the other day that I couldn't get any name...including all family names, pet names and back up names...
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@gantwick (849)
• United States
4 Feb 10
Maybe you could use an abbreviated phrase as a user name. One of my cats is named Captain Morgan, so for example I could shorten the phrase "my cat Captain Morgan" to "mycacamo".
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
4 Feb 10
what I am afraid about that I may not remember that name few days later...
@scififan43 (2440)
• United States
5 Feb 10
I have encountered that a few times, it is fustrating sometimes. I do not enconter this all the time and it have been a long while since I have. but when I do I simpley choice someting easle.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
6 Feb 10
...I have try 11 user names and I gave up....
• United States
6 Feb 10
I do not think I have that many problems but I use names that is uniquie to me.
@dasj20 (127)
• India
4 Feb 10
hi pola this is very very general to who is and known the online registration. according to me,lots of time i face this message. yahoomail is my first mail,when i creare it alwys it shows that message.. it is headache to me at that time,now it's fine. thank you
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
5 Feb 10
I can imagine Yahoo has many accounts...
@dasj20 (127)
• India
5 Feb 10
just it is example............ have a nice day thank you
@allknowing (53528)
• India
4 Feb 10
You can get through it at the second shot itself if you add some numericals to your username. Try it the next time you want to register somewhere. Also you can just have some meaningless alphabets put together. This also works. Good Luck!
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
4 Feb 10
it works, but will I remember it when coming back?
@allknowing (53528)
• India
4 Feb 10
Save that page somewhere and refer to it if you forget.
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• Canada
4 Feb 10
My husband and I have been very lucky with our user names. We are pretty consistent with the same user name, and if it's taken for some bizarre reason, we can put a 1 or something behind it, and usually get the one that we want. If all else fails, we can put our birth year behind it, or something.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
4 Feb 10
do you remember your user name on every website? I use 3 different user names if my favorite is taken...this time all names were taken including all of my pets names...
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
4 Feb 10
smart Idea, thank you...
@gabs8513 (48805)
• United Kingdom
6 Feb 10
Yes I have come across this a couple of times which surprised me as mine is an unusual one because of the Numbers at the end I will try 2 times and then I will give up as I loose Interest lol
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
6 Feb 10
I am not patient lately with Internet...
• United States
5 Feb 10
Oh yeh, what a pain in the neck that is. I remember when I first started to sell on Ebay years ago, every one of the names I had picked was already taken. I must have tried at least 15-20 times. I ended up doing what they said to do on Ebay. First pick your favorite color, red for me. Then pick your favorite pet, kitty for me. Then pick your favorite animal, I picked hawk. So my name on Ebay for years now has been redkittyhawk, haha! But that's ok, no one else has it, lol!
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
5 Feb 10
I would be bluedoghorse.....
@davidshin (143)
• United States
4 Feb 10
I try about 5 times before officially giving up. :D, I mean I'm not that patient nor do I have the time to waste to sit there thinking of user names. I just shrug it off and try to find a different website with the same things, or think of one really quick and explain to people who ask why it's so wierd. Saves time and you get a user name.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
5 Feb 10
yes, I rather safe my time...
@cream97 (29176)
• United States
4 Feb 10
Yes, this has happened to me quite a bit. I will just change it to another user name instead. I always seem to create unique user names for many different accounts. No problem. I do wonder how can someone else think of that same user name as I did. I was thinking that I was the only person that knew of this name..
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
5 Feb 10
don't be surprised, with millions of accounts, same names are easy to find...
4 Feb 10
I always get the "username taken" issue whenever I want to set up another gmail account. What annoys me is with that system it always comes back with suggestions which don't fit in with what I wanted, usually with random numbers next to them. I wonder how sometimes a very unique username to me can already be taken and wonder if the systems just don't want you to have your first choice, lol. I usually keep plugging away till I manage to get something as close to what I wanted as possible.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
4 Feb 10
problem similar to my problem...all good names are taken, what is left, I don't want...
@Takashy (496)
• Latvia
4 Feb 10
I only have two nicks that I usually use with 2 or 3 variations for each. If I can't register any of them I just register with some random nick that comes to my mind at that moment. At last if the site isn't that important to me. If it is than I simply try to come up with a good nick. Even if its rather hard to find one that hasn't been already takes unless you go for those crazy ones like XxXTakashyXxX$123124 and so on.. :)
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
4 Feb 10
I would have to write it down and make sure remember were I keep my notes...
@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
4 Feb 10
I have had that problem too. I hate it when I choose one and it is already taken. I like to use the same one most of the time and it makes it hard when it is taken by someone else. Take care.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
4 Feb 10
don't you think that some people may copy your user name, because they have hard time creating their own?
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@zandi458 (27954)
• Malaysia
4 Feb 10
It happened to me many times when I refuse to add numbers behind my proposed username. But I found a trick that is to add a few numbers behind the username and I am able to sign in easily. I don't understand why alphabets alone is very disappointing and it will come back to tell us to choose a new username.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
4 Feb 10
yes, alphabetic should be enough, but lately they want you to chose numbers...
• Philippines
4 Feb 10
Hello Pola, When it comes to my user-name, i strongly believe no one is stupid enough to duplicate my name since they knew it's school related name. but when it comes to my first name then there was a time when i experienced that so i tend to change it make it look similar but not the same, and i hate it when some one already took my fav. username
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
4 Feb 10
yes, I don't like it either when my favorite user name is taken...
• Australia
4 Feb 10
Well, I've only been here and yuwie, and I've kept the same name. I landed on myLot quite by accident when searching for information, and because I wanted to reply to the discussion which turned up as a result of the search, I had to join. I had no time to think about a username (didn't even realise there was such a thing) and I have been thankful ever since that the one I chose was not available. It made me think a little more deeply and I settled on cloudwatcher, which I have used ever since.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
4 Feb 10
your username is very nice, I would keep that name...
@AniruS (258)
• United States
4 Feb 10
It used to happen a lot to me and I generally used to end up with a weird username that I won't like or I won't remember. Now I am with one user nsme that I do not find it anywhere and get it on first attempt. Now thats the user name I use every where for new registrations. I suggest that you also come with one such unique user name and avoid frustration.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
4 Feb 10
yes, I have one, but the site I am talking about is so popular, all names are taken...including very unique names....
@dawnald (84109)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Feb 10
I usually find something pretty quickly after choices one or two are taken. I get more creative at that point.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
4 Feb 10
I don't have any problem for most website, but there is one that has millions of users and all names are taken...all I created...at least 11...
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@dawnald (84109)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Feb 10
Usually tacking on something like _1958 or whatever makes it a bit easier...
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
4 Feb 10
sound easy, but how will I remember my user name after few months if I am not active on the site? I can make name plus number and it shows that is already taken. I didn't see many people with my user name, shocking someone took my favorite...
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@megamatt (14334)
• United States
4 Feb 10
It has happened a couple of times. A bit jarring but nothing too much to worry about. I just add some numbers at the end of my name. Many times, a random combination. I mean, the chances that anyone has picked the same name and the random number combination, well its kind of low, I believe.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
5 Feb 10
will you remember your combination?