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The first part of creating your Portfolio website is making sure you have a username that works. What if you already have an email address that doesn't use the recommended Username Specs below?

For example, what if your school already made you an email address like ""? The problem there is that you can use that email address during your time at school, but you won't be able to take it with you when you move on. However, you'll want to still have access to your projects and to those sites you signed into while a student, right? And although the email address is unique in the world and can be used where an email address is your username, the simple "johnsmith" as a username is too likely already taken in Timetoast,, and every other site we want you to log into. Problem!

Or what if you have an email that seemed good at the time but now you know is lame? You were 13 and thought that "" would be your username for life. Now you're 17 and need to have a more legit email address for job applications and stuff. Problem!

What if you have a great, unique username and email but aren't sure about using Google Docs (which require a Google account). Google Docs are really important in this course. Problem!

Project Instructions: (What am I going to have to create?)

(You may skip down to the Project Checklist Rubric at any time.)

Become Somebody
Do you already have a Web 2.0 identity? No, it’s not a special thing you go sign up for–it’s a username/password that you use on ALL of your many web accounts. This is important: your "username" is often the same as the front part of your email address. So if your email address is, your username on every site you visit and sign up for will be ponyboy211.

So you may want to go ahead and come up with a username that really works. A username that can be you EVERYWHERE. Get it on Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail so nobody else can be your username. Claim your territory!

Username Specs
Get yourself a username that
nobody-nobody-nobody will take,
is 8 characters or more,
avoids capital letters, and
includes at least three numbers.

That meets almost every requirement for usernames anywhere. Then the password should be at exactly 8-10 characters and include a number. That way you can confidently return to sites a year after creating an account and know that you can login with no trouble . . . thanks to your spiffy universal login!

Gmail NOT equal to Google Account
A Google Account doesn't require getting Google's Email (Gmail). You can use anyemail address to sign up for a Google Login.

You may choose to make yourself an email address (using the same username base) at all three of the big email houses. I am not recommending trying to juggle all of them or even use more than one. For example, I have taken the email address "" but NEVER use it. I took it so someone else doesn't get any ideas about taking on the edtech2020 identity, not knowing that I'm already edtech2020 at gmail, photobucket, zotero, gaggle, glogster, quizlet, rubistar, screenr, and 200+ other websites where I have logged in either as "edtech2020" or using my email ""--all with the same password.*

*the one caveat to the same-password trick is that I do have separate passwords for banking and purchasing sites. For example, my identity on 200+ websites is the same--edtech2020--as my identity where I do my banking and on But on the ones where I have to give my credit card, I have a special password that's not the same as the other sites.