I don’t know if you’ve noticed. Everywhere you go on the internet today has these new sign in protocols. The old way? It was easy – you typed in your name, email, web url. Yay! You were done. Everything was good. And your name could be pretty much anything you wanted as long as there was a legit email address.
Now? These freaking boxes come up with a hundred options for signing in. Here’s an example:
And the thing is, If I just try the old name, email, url thing (tell us the basics)? Then it tells me I have an account and I have to figure out my user name and password. I have a file with all that name/password crap on it and it’s getting ridiculously long.
So the other thing that comes up is like this:
It looks pretty innocuous, doesn’t it? Except you have to remember your username and password. Or you can try and fool it and go sign in with facebook or twitter or any number of other places. Only the minute you type in your email it says “Oh hey, you already have an account and now you have to remember which of your fifty-two passwords goes with this account.”
Sometimes I just give up and don’t leave my brilliant comments.
If I were organized, or even thinking ahead, when the internets started this bullarky I would have picked one email, one password or one twitter, facebook, WHATEVER, and used it for everything. But I wasn’t paying attention. I wasn’t looking ahead. I just jotted down whatever seemed easiest at the moment. Now I’m screwed. I’d show you a screen shot of my password list, but that wouldn’t be very wise of me, would it? Suffice it to say that there are seventy-one entries on that list.
I need a keeper, I really do.