A few days ago I was on yahoo.com trying to create a Yahoo Mail account. When asked what I wanted my username to be I automatically tried to make firstname.lastname@example.org however I immediately received a red message below the bar where I entered my preferred username saying "Sorry, username is already being used". Of course this isn't a big deal since it's merely an email, so I just went with my name. However I then began to recall all the websites where baconbits33 was already being used; Youtube, Twitter, and PSN. Now it may seem dumb but I've been using this username since I was about 7 when I created my first email account, even my friends referred to me as "Baconbits" in both my senior and junior year at high school. So naturally I do feel like the username "baconbits33" is mine, and become curious as to who else uses it. Now many people might consider that petty and slightly absurd, however if you take a step back, look at all the hours you've devoted to your online gaming account and how many of your online friends refer to you as that username. I have heard many of my friends use their gamercards in their bank account identity. And maybe some people are like me, they simply grew up with that one username and have a slight nostalgia towards it.
I'm just wondering, has anyone else tried to create an account somewhere and found that someone else was using their username? And do you feel almost like your username is just a bit synonymous with your identity?
Edit: Sorry for any grammatical mistakes.