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Creating the PERFECT profile is pretty easy to do once you know how. Please review this page prior to setting up your Parent profile or TAKEN Child(ren) profile(s) in order to maximize your experience on AmericasTAKEN.com.

The different profile types are explained on the Account Help page. If you haven't read this information, please click here to do so now.

Creating the perfect Parent Profile

This is a step by step guide explaining the best way to set up your profile. You may want to make notes and plan out your responses to each of the sign up forms before you begin. If you are creating a TAKEN Child profile, click here. The instructions that follow are for Parent accounts ONLY.

Your Full Name

First, Middle and Last names should be your actual, legal name as it was when your TAKEN Child was #TAKEN. If you have remarried and your name is different, it is OK to use your married name but would that be the best choice if your TAKEN Child has no way of knowing your new married name? There is no hard and fast rule about this but think about each aspect of your parent profile from your TAKEN Child's point of view. How easy will you be to find? Think about this as you create your parent profile.

Username

Your Username should be short and sweet. Like Twitter, AmericasTAKEN.com allows you to tag other users in posts and photos. You can tag other parents, an admin, yourself, your TAKEN Child and someday, hopefully, the Child account of your TAKEN Child when he or she finds this site and connects with you.

Your username is not an email address and it is not your FULL NAME with spaces. Spaces are hard to tag because a space is represented as %20 in the tagging system so to tag a username that has spaces in it would look like this: @Haley%20Joel%20Osment. Kind of hard to type so don't include spaces in usernames. Not in your own username and certainly, not in your TAKEN Child's username. Having spaces in usernames just makes things unnecessarily hard on yourself and everyone else using the site.

Tagging on AmericasTAKEN.com works the same way it works on Twitter. To tag a user, your simply put an "@" sign before the username of that user. To tag Geri, you'd include @Geri in a post or photo. To tag the webmaster you would enter @admin. For someone else to tag you they would need to include @yourusername (using your real username, of course, not this example.) Once you tag someone in a post or photo and publish that post or photo the tag @Geri will appear as @Geri M Pfeiffer

Email

Your Email address should be a Gmail address and if you have not read the page on Email addresses you should click here to read it.

Password

Pick a password that is difficult to guess but easy to remember. Using your child's name as a password is akin to handing the keys to your car to any passer by. Don't use easy to guess passwords. Make it easy on yourself without making it easy for strangers to hack into your account on AmericasTAKEN.com.

Date of Birth

The Date of Birth on your parent profile is YOUR birthday, not your child's birthday. The child's birthday will go on his or her TAKEN Child profile. Everything on your profile should be accurate to YOU and not your child. This is why we have both Parent and Child profiles. Your info goes on your profile and the child's info goes on the child's profile. A common mistake here on AmericasTAKEN.com is parents mixing info and having both Parent and Child info represented on ONE profile.

City, State and ZIP Code

On a parent profile the City, State and ZIP code should reflect where you live right now. If you ever move, you should update it to accurately reflect where you live.

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Canvas Image

A Canvas Image is like a Facebook Cover Photo. It helps to have a properly cropped image or you may end up with chins or sky instead of faces. Using a computer, you can crop your images free online at PicMonkey. You can also choose one from our gallery and change it later.

Portrait Image

The Portrait Image is similar to a Facebook profile image. It helps to have a properly cropped profile image or you may end up with a picture with hard to see faces. Using a computer, you can crop your images free online at PicMonkey Profile pictures look best when they are square and cropped tight to the face.

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Creating the perfect TAKEN Child Profile

This is a step by step guide explaining the best way to set up your TAKEN Child profile. You may want to make notes and plan out your responses to each of the sign up forms before you begin. If you are creating a Parent profile, click here. The instructions that follow are for TAKEN Child accounts ONLY.

Child's Full Name

First, Middle and Last names should be the actual, legal name as it was on the birth certificate.

Child's Adopted Name

Only enter something in the Adopted Name field if you know for sure what it is. Don't guess here. If you don't knot it, leave it blank.

Username

TAKEN Child's Usernames should be short and sweet. Like Twitter, AmericasTAKEN.com allows you to tag other users in posts and photos. You can tag your TAKEN Child using his or her username. The shorter and simpler you make it, the easier it will be to tag your TAKEN Child on posts and photos you place on the site.

The username is not an email address and it is not the child's FULL NAME with spaces. Spaces are hard to tag because a space is represented as %20 in the tagging system so to tag a username that has spaces in it would look like this: @Haley%20Joel%20Osment. Kind of hard to type so don't include spaces in usernames. Having spaces in usernames just makes things unnecessarily hard on yourself and everyone else using the site.

Tagging on AmericasTAKEN.com works the same way it works on Twitter. To tag a user, your simply put an "@" sign before the username of that user. To tag your child, you'd include @ChildsUsername (using the real username of the child, of course, not this example.) in a post or photo. Once you tag someone in a post or photo and publish that post or photo the tag @ChildsUsername will appear as @Child Full Name. Again, this is an example. The actual name would be there, not the words Child Full Name.

Email

Your TAKEN Child's Email address should be a Gmail address utilizing the + trick. If you have not read the page on Email addresses you should click here to read it.

The most common mistake we see is forgetting to use the + sign in the email address for your TAKEN Child accounts. If you forget the plus sign after your username and before your child's name you've essentially referenced a totally new email account that probably doesn't exist and confirming the email for your child is going to be next to impossible.

Password

You can use the same password for your TAKEN Child account as you did on your own account to make it easier to remember. Passwords do not have to be unique from account to account like usernames and email addresses have to be. You can make it easier on yourself if you keep all your passwords the same on AmericasTAKEN.com.

Date of Birth

The Date of Birth on your TAKEN Child's profile is his or her actual birthday. Everything on your TAKEN Child profile(s) should be accurate to the child, not to the parent. This is why we have both Parent and Child profiles. Your info goes on your profile and the child's info goes on the child's profile. A common mistake here on AmericasTAKEN.com is parents mixing info and having both Parent and Child info represented on ONE profile.

City, State and ZIP Code

On a TAKEN Child profile the City, State and ZIP code should reflect where the child was born. This will be whatever is listed on the birth certificate.

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Canvas Image

A Canvas Image is like a Facebook Cover Photo. It helps to have a properly cropped image or you may end up with chins or sky instead of faces. Using a computer, you can crop your images free online at PicMonkey. You can also choose one from our gallery and change it later.

Portrait Image

The Portrait Image is similar to a Facebook profile image. It helps to have a properly cropped profile image or you may end up with a picture with hard to see faces. Using a computer, you can crop your images free online at PicMonkey Profile pictures look best when they are square and cropped tight to the face.

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