I was struggling this evening designing a simple user interface for a new application. I got in a rut over how to word ‘remember me’, or more accurately – ‘store a cookie for this browser on this computer that says last time you got your log in right’.
I figured the most explicit way to word this would be ‘Remember me on this computer’ which I thought was the most popular way to write it. I also thought that was too long and wanted just ‘Remember me’ or shorter. But you know what some users are like – I didn’t know if this wasn’t self-explanitory enough!
So I did a bit of digging and found lots of ways to say it – I found ‘Remember me on this computer’ used to be used everywhere (lots of google images showed old screen captures of log in screens with this), but that the major websites have all now migrated to shorter versions, heres the line up:
Remember Me – wordpress, aol, twitter, wikipedia
Stay Signed In – Google Accounts
Keep Me Logged In – Facebook
Keep Me Signed In – yahoo, ebay, msn, hotmail
Stay Logged In
Remember My Password – I think this would make people uncomfortable?!
My thoughts have been that users like to think of websites as a human – if the human remembers them, it’s friendly, if the human knows their password, its intrusive! ‘Logged in’ and ‘Signed in’ are very computer based activities, ‘remembering’ is human.
Some sites of course just go ahead and use the cookies (Amazon, apple…) I’m guessing that most users still like the thought that they have a choice – it’s only polite!
Me? I think I’m going to go with ‘Remember Me’ – its short, it’s meaning is obvious, and it’s used enough on the major players that people understand that it doesn’t work when you switch computers.
Kim Debling is a Hampshire, UK based designer and Director of her own company Kestrel Design Ltd. She is mum to Rose and Harvey and wife to her best friend Steve. She’s fighting off Stage 4 Lymphoma and sharing her story along the way, mainly via YouTube. Kim is passionate about being happy, mental wellbeing and in particular art and creative pursuits as therapy during tough times. She teaches online at Udemy, has published books and has art and printables available for sale.