Different dating services may call them different things – usernames, screen names, identities, handles, nicknames, or profile names, but they all mean the same thing.
Your username is the identity you project to the world of online dating sites and the secret to a good username is to not make a bad one!
Until I click on the profile, I’m free to daydream about the person on the other end of the wink. Consider having some fun wordplay with your name or initials—Grish references a friend of hers named Alia, who lives in California and chose the catchy CAliafornia as her handle.
Could it be a blue-eyed guy with a quirky sense of humor? There is nothing wrong with Mr Nosferatu’s profile—he seems nice, has a solid job, cute pictures, and no visible scars. We’d go to an Italian restaurant (with lots of garlic items on the menu), and I’d carry a pointed stick in my little black tote, in case he tried to get, er, fresh after dinner. Dating is enough of a challenge without trying to figure out if your dinner partner is a member of the Undead! A few days pass, and I got emails from several cute guys with normal, friendly usernames. In just 11 letters, Alia manages to convey that she’s fun, witty, and proud to be a West Coaster.
What about my 8th-grade boyfriend—is he looking to reconnect? As in a centuries-old chap with a penchant for neck biting. Even if you are, find something positive or fun to use,” says Bev Bacon, dating expert and author of Have fun with your moniker, and if you find yourself in a bind, bounce the idea off friends (a friend of the gender you’re trying to attract is best! Ask them what they’d think if that username showed up in their inbox—and what the name suggests to them.
First impressions count …especially with online dating profiles.
So when you choose your username put some thought into it, because it creates the first glimpse into your personality for women looking for potential dates.
Given its prominence as one of the very first things people see about you, it’s important to think of your username as another way to make a first impression.
So make sure it conveys the message you want it to!