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At the top of a normal webpage, is it better to say:

Welcome, Username

or

Logged in as Username?

Which one is better for the end user?

EDIT:

Or is better just to display there username, and profile picture, or just the picture, or just the username.

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This seems like a question with no correct answer. It always depends on your site and how you otherwise address your users. –  kontur Oct 9 '13 at 6:37
    
What is a 'normal' webpage? –  JonW Oct 9 '13 at 14:21
    
The "normal" part was added by kontur in an edit, so you would have to ask him for that. :) –  Amar H-V Oct 9 '13 at 18:13
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According to ux.stackexchange.com/posts/45750/revisions that's not true. –  devios Oct 10 '13 at 18:48
    
Just wanted to point out that Wordpress presents a "Howdy, [Username]". –  Alpha Oct 16 '13 at 22:16

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How about just Username ?

Just see how many sites including Stack Exchange, Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc don't show any other kind of salutation. They just show the username, which is hyperlinked to suggest that further profile information can be viewed by navigating to this link.

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I actually can't believe that I didn't think of this before! :) I believe that this could be a better way to do it. Nevertheless, the discussion can still continue! –  Amar H-V Oct 9 '13 at 6:31
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@AmarH-V if this reply has helped you, kindly upvote the same too. –  gurvinder372 Oct 9 '13 at 7:47
    
I can't upvote yet because of my low reputation :( I wish it would carry over from SO, because I most certainly would up vote your answer! –  Amar H-V Oct 9 '13 at 8:04

For me this would entirely depend on the context.

If your definition of "username" was a user's first and last name, then "welcome..." would be more polite than "logged in as..."; on the contrary, if your "username" was just something the user used to log in, "logged in as..." would make more sense than "welcome...", as otherwise you're welcoming the user's username and not necessarily their identity.

That said, if a user had been logged in for more than 5 minutes, would you really still want to display "welcome..."?

"Logged in as..." is a more of a reference to the user's account than a greeting to the user.

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I was inclined to say Welcome at first, but then I noticed you're using the username. I think if you're still wondering whether it should be Logged in or Welcome, then Logged in as would make sense. Welcome would work better if it was Welcome .

Logged in as admin_91

Welcome John

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I don't think it really matters. Both indicate for the user that s/he is logged in (actually it's username (and preferably an avatar, for better visual indication) that indicates that user is logged in. I usually choose Welcome, username, as "welcome" it's more welcome.

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Allow me to offer another perspective: If security is important (such as for a banking site), I would prefer the term "logged in" because it explicitly indicates an open session, whereas "Welcome" simply implies that the website recognizes you, perhaps based on the last time you used it.

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