Just wanted to make a post about the possibility of using emojis in usernames or passwords on byte. I know that currently the plan is allowing A-Z, 0-9, periods, underscores, tildes and no spaces in usernames, however imagine being able to use emojis in your usernames!
I don’t think it’s even possible to have emojis in usernames right now, but here’s some examples of other ways they can be used, suggesting maybe its possible we could see this in the future.
For a while now it’s been possible to register domains with emojis. Examples of this are https://i❤.ws/ and https://i😀.ws. Since emojis are just ASCII text, they work with domain names using Punycoding.
Emojis can actually be used in passwords on some sites, the biggest of which is Twitter. Emojis are near the safest thing you can put into a password, because brute force hacking programs don’t include emojis, and most people assume you wouldn’t have them in your password. Here’s a breakdown of safety from different characters in passwords.
4 (single number) — 3%
$ (single character) — 10%
(single Emoji)— 20%
T4 (combination of letter and number) — 14%
(combination of two Emojis) — 44%
Looks pretty safe right? Since there are so many emojis, around 2800, this makes the number of possible usernames a number that I literally can’t paste into here, but trust me it’s a big number.
Let me know what you think, will you be using emojis in your passwords? Would you use them in your username on byte? And most importantly, remember to