Email accounts become user accounts

I just read something that seems really nice. It's even strange that it isn't already used like that. Use an email address-like identifier as pointer to an account. Let me explain.

Email addresses consist of two parts seperated by an @-sign. The first part is the username, the second part is the domain name of your email provider. For example, my email address is peter@example.com. The username is peter and the domain name is stuifzand.eu.

By taking this approach of username@domain we can dream all kinds of other combinations that could work.

pstuifzand@twitter.com
peter@wijvervelenons.nl
pstuifzand@flickr.com

You see? And these could all point to all kinds of user accounts. This doesn't mean that all these addresses should be email addresses. I also don't say that they shouldn't be. For some things I would make sense, for others it maybe doesn't.

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