This might seem random, but it’s a semi-issue on other social media and I thought I’d voice a frustration a think some people have.
Okay this whole thing assumes that v2 will operate on a system where only 1 person can have any given username (which I think it should, but feel free to comment on this part too).
It’s no real secret that there’s a whole underground username trading market. Basically when a new social media is released, people have bots already set to make hundreds of accounts, basically stealing usernames they know people would want (e.g. common first names, 1,2,3,4 and 5 letter words, etc). They basically just have these accounts sit around doing nothing until someone comes along to pay whatever they charge to ‘buy’ that username back.
Okay so it’s obviously really annoying because it means all the usernames a creator would want are taken by farmers and never even used for content. Also some username farmers just do it for clout and never even sell them.
I’m honestly not sure how to combat this issue, but maybe more active account screening to check for dead accounts and then releasing their usernames back to others? I know Anchor has a system where once an account does nothing for 30 days, the username is put back in the pool.
This isn’t a perfect solution but I thought I would open up this discussion:
- Should V2 combat this problem? As in is it worth it?
- How could V2 combat this problem?