emails names dos and donts

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Trance, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. Trance macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2011
    is it a bad idea to have your date of birth in your email?
    for example my email is similar to this x88@ is emails like this not ideal for future reference since it has my age in it?
  2. rick snagwell macrumors 68040

    rick snagwell

    Feb 12, 2011
    oceanside, ca
  3. rican macrumors 6502


    Jun 14, 2008
    Party in the USA
    I have 4 different emails:

    1. Not professional, for spam, friends, facebook, b.s., sign ups.
    2. grad school email - for school communication
    3. Professional email - for job inquires, professional emails between colleagues, and college friends.
    4. work email - strictly work.
  4. fireshot91 macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    It depends. Are you using it for jobs and/or the professional world?

    For that, I'd stick with a combination of first name/last name/initials.

    Plus, remember, next year your email will not be accurate since you'll get older. Unless you mean your birthyear..

    I'd only use something like that for casual website/forum sign up, etc.
  5. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 4S: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A405 Safari/7534.48.3)

    I have a 13 character psedu-random generated address with maximum entropy.

    I've had it for more than 2 years now and haven't had one single piece of spam hit my inbox or spam folder.

    I used to use my first two initials and last name and my inbox and spam folder would get a bunch of spam.

    I don't think having your DOB in your address is too bad except for people who are bent on stealing your identity. This way just makes it that much easier to go to work on you.
  6. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    I would recommend you leave out your birth year out of your email address. Heck leave out anything that can point to or about your age in professional email address.
    Like it or not their is age discrimination in hiring. They see that and may think you are to old or young for the job and toss you out from the get go.

    My primary email address
    Simple and professional looking plus it ages very well.
  7. ender land macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2010
  8. fireshot91 macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    Huh? I don't understand that part.

    Are you saying that if you're the first person to register the email address under that name, you can use it? :confused:

    Can't you only use the email address if you register it as the first person?
  9. ender land macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2010
    if you have, any mail that gets sent to also gets sent to you. Or Periods do not affect the recipient address, however, if you register first.last you do have to log in using first.last as the login name
  10. Bonch macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2005
    I just use my social security number. Easy to remember, and no one else has it. A date of birth at the end and your mother's maiden name would make it even more unique.

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