Trying too hard to perfectly sum yourself up is a common pitfall. Generally you should avoid anything with numbers, or super descriptive words (Ski Girl Seattle is very boring, even if it’s easy to come up with—and it only conveys information we’d be able to find in other areas of her profile).
It’s also best not to just recycle whatever old school internet handle has been your Twitter username and forum login info for years—stuff we created c.
As I learn all too regularly, there is a fine line between being funny and just plain scary.
And one (me, obvs) should avoid that line when it comes to dating. ) I like it because 1) It’s a clever play on a name for another internet dating service and 2) It’s a little joke about Judaism, which you know I appreciate.
David Silver/Say Anything- Nothing makes me weak in the knees like a casual reference to late 80s/early 90s pop culture. I usually get so excited I’ll message something CRAY like, “Meet me at the Max in 1 hour? ” or, “Diane Court here.” Bagel Meet Bagel- Surprise, surprise. A visit or message from Mark3456 or jbt78 or Cardinalsfan may not catch my eye as quickly as I_shot_the_Sheriff_forreal. Because honestly, what people say in their messages, and their profiles, is way more important than their username. We’ve already done a post or two on profiles and messages, but rest assured, readers!
There is enough material here to run a daily tumbler for eternity.
Your username in an online dating profile matters more than you might realize.
I know, I know; none of the sites make it clear enough. Don’t create a totally random one that you gave a mere second’s thought!
To this end I’ve been more successful, or perhaps luckier, than my friends.I’ve had ever so many users come to me with usernames that either convey something totally off (wrong gender, for example) or just failed to help them stand out and shine.Your username, coupled with your profile picture, is the MOST visible thing in search results.It’s the first thing potential dates see, and as this humorous article indicates, it makes a big impression (sometimes unintentionally).It’s either a huge advantage, a huge disadvantage, or a missed opportunity! You can check out this link with a decent round-up of some of the very worst username strategies, but there are a lot of more mundane things that make for bad usernames.James Needham III- So you know how I just said it’s really dumb to use your first and last name? And to those people I say, “I hope you are not going on a job interview any time soon.” Notlookingforsluts- Oh hello, nice guy of Okcupid!