Things that Bug #19

Things that Bug:

#19. Couples & Family Email Addresses & Usernames

Individuals should have their own email addresses, including addresses and usernames used for blogging and social networking purposes. I may know all members of a family, but you’ve all got different personalities, so let’s differentiate, huh? Yea, I can probably tell who is writing even if the username is “The Fun Family,” but still, let’s differentiate. Posts on blogs and comments are written by individuals, not families. When I write an email, I like to know who is going to read it. If I want the whole family to read it, I’ll just send it to everyone. No big deal, right?

In the rare occasion that an entire family is crowded around a computer monitor composing a comment to a blog post, then perhaps the username “The Fun Family” is appropriate. Otherwise, I’d like to know who is really authoring stuff. All major blogs support multiple authors, so it’s really no big deal to let each member of the family have their own username.

So to everyone who has got a family email address, don’t fret. No hard feelings. You’ve probably got your own personal email address, too, right? The one you had before you were married, remember? So just transfer ownership of that blog to your personal address and add your spouse as an author! Cakewalk!
Confession: Yes, my wife and I at one time used an email address with both of our names to receive RSVP’s for our wedding. It was a mistake and we’re sorry, ok? We thought it would be cute. It wasn’t. It just (rightfully) confused people who continued to send mail there long after we stopped checking it.