Gmail username all taken

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  1. AGX macrumors regular

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    But how is possible that every, every and every username on Gmail It's taken!?

    I don't know what to use that is simple :-(

    All the combination that i have tried container number because it's impossible to find free username.

    But they can't salve the problem???
     
  2. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Somehow, I doubt they are all taken...
     
  3. hallux macrumors 68020

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    I'm with @mobilehaathi I HIGHLY doubt every possible combination of characters is taken for Gmail accounts. Get creative. I actually decided I wanted something "presentable" so I used lastname.firstname.middleinitial using my actual names. At the time, it wasn't taken (obviously is now). You could try some combination or arrangement of that.
     
  4. AGX thread starter macrumors regular

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    Absurd that a username news to Be....

    namesurname0263628272628@

    They nees only to allora the use of other domain like@gmail.de/.fr/.es
     
  5. D.T. macrumors 603

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  6. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    Which is why I don't really use Gmail. Joined way after it got popular so was not able to get a presentable handle. If you have to use a combination of numbers at the end, it's a no go.
     
  7. Ray Brady macrumors 6502

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    I don't use Gmail, but I had to register an account to join a specific Google+ user group. I found that raybrady was taken, but when I added my middle initial, I was all set.
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    I'd say that's probably the case for most popular email providers at this stage.
     
  9. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    They're not all taken. Just a couple of weeks ago I helped my mother make a gmail account and we used her first two initials and our last name and it was available. Our last name isn't all that unique either, and I thought for sure it wouldn't be available, but it was.
     
  10. Arran macrumors 68040

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    Well, yeah, you grabbed the last good one, didn't you? ;)

    Thanks! :D
     
  11. martint235 macrumors regular

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    Try firstname.lastnamehousenumber@gmail or birth year instead of house number.

    That said, I got in early enough to just have firstname.lastname@gmail.com . Sorry but the occasional small gloat is necessary, it's also how geeks recognise each other by email address.
     
  12. D.T. macrumors 603

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    I'm more surprised by the smaller systems, not even just email, but anything that requires a unique username. I've got a few - what I thought was semi-obscure - usernames, and a couple of recent registrations indicated they were already used.

    Er, unless that was actually me and I forgot I registered :D
     
  13. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    I think to a lot of people, once you start adding numbers, regardless of relevance, it's no longer attractive. It can be argued that if this was used for professional purposes, one shouldn't be using Gmail anyway but to include an email like john.doe1020@gmail.com, it's not the most presentable.
     
  14. D.T. macrumors 603

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    I agree, and you can still use Gmail though the product for custom domains is branded under Google Apps.

    Honestly, if you have a business, and you're doing any sort of professional correspondence through email, you should spend the $12 on a domain, and use some kind of email service that uses that domain (i.e., yourname@bigbiz.com), then you can also setup some aliases like info@, or sales@

    Google apps is $5/month, that's not only Email (Gmail), but Docs, Drive, several other services, loads of capacity, etc.
     
  15. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Does "presentability" of email addresses really matter these days? I recall there was something to it in the earlier days of the internet, but short of something truly weird in the username/domain, it doesn't seem like any of it really has much of an impact one way or another these days (aside from simplicity basically). All of this is mostly in reference to an individual's email address, for a business or something like that, yeah, that would be a bit different (accounting for branding, marketing, etc.).
     
  16. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    I agree. I got my gmail address back in 2005, so got the name I already use most everywhere else--for personal use. I really don't want my name in my personal email address anyway.

    For business I would think just having a gmail.com address would be "less than presentable" no matter what the name. That said you can use gmail for business using its own domain. So you could have any email names you want.



    Mike
     
  17. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    I can't say if it really matters, but everyone I speak to prefer to have it as simple as possible - no numbers. I'm not a hiring manager or work in HR so I'm not sure if they even consider this stuff but for those wanting a "presentable" e-mail, say you're applying to a job and you have this well-prepared cover letter and resume, I'm assuming they would much rather have john.doe@gmail.com instead of john.doe12345@gmail.com.

    To be honest, I've never really thought about it until this thread was created so I'm actually interested to see where the thread goes. I'm fortunate to have different e-mail addresses for different things, but I'm really interested to see what people's thoughts are with regards to e-mail addresses and how they actually view them.
     
  18. hallux macrumors 68020

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    I don't know about presentability. However, in the case of a resume, I don't actually use my Gmail address. My family has its own domain so my resume is first@last.us. AND, that's NOT the email address associated with my Facebook account.
     
  19. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    I really don't think anyone hiring is going to care about numbers being after a name in a personal email address. I wouldn't.

    Now what might not look good is something like luv2party@hotmail.com, sexykitty1999@yahoo.com, etc. :)




    Mikew
     
  20. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    There is that point about social media sharing email/username and people potentially being able to look it up based on that.
     
  21. D.T. macrumors 603

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    I would ask that you refrain from posting my and my wife's email addresses ...
     
  22. kiwipeso1 Suspended

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    If you have a domain name, you can point your email MX record to a gmail account and get unlimited email addresses running through your gmail. This can be easily done to not show that you use gmail.
     
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  25. maflynn Moderator

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    If a small address is your preference, then get a domain name, and you can find an email host (as noted above even gmail) and that will solve the problem.

    I have a domain name, though its not tied to any specific email provider but a webhost, and I use that. With the advent of the new TLDs, you're bound to find a domain name that makes sense to you and helps you.

    I also agree that in the strictest sense, the email name doesn't really matter all that much, unless you're business owner, then you want to improve your branding.
     

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