Boy do you have to be quick when signing up for new services these days. Dilly-dally a little and you'll find that your favourite username has already been snapped up. Now, a new startup called Earlyclaim can automatically reserve your favourite username for you.
"This is an effort to help people create a consistent online identity," Earlyclaim cofounder Alessandro Marchesini tells Fast Company.
Once you sign up with Earlyclaim -- and be quick about it; more than 7600 names had already been snapped up by the time I registered -- your username will be automatically registered to new services that join the site. You can choose to be automatically registered to sites in certain categories -- useful, if, for instance, you happen to be interested in new photography or music services.
If you sign up, the only caveat is that you'll have a set time limit to claim your account on a new site after being automatically registered for it -- after which it's up for grabs.