Peter Stuifzand

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 The username is peter and the domain name is

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

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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