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!
First impressions count …especially with online dating profiles.
A username is your identity online, whether you use it for your online bank or just to meet new people through a chat room.
Creating a username, screen name, handle, login ID, etc., is serious business.
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.
Using real first names is standard on newer dating sites like Tinder.A few recall meeting people specifically because they had interesting usernames, and others worry that their unusual first names will expose their identity, making them vulnerable to stalking or harassment.One person says they just entered their old username as their first name.“We hope that you can instead use your profile to give people an insight into your interests, rather than a made-up monicker.” Users will need to update their profile with real names, although OKCupid doesn’t say anything about verifying identities, and the signup page currently only asks for a first name.You just can’t go by “Britney__Tears,” “Daddyz Princess29,” or “Bread_Time,” to name a few (lightly modified) usernames it listed.Your handle might even affect the results of your job search or dating profile if it refers to something racy or inappropriate.On the flip side, being associated with a unique and attention-grabbing screen name is a great way to showcase your personality and create a memorable impression. Consider school mascots, your town, or other things relative to where you live and what you are about.OKCupid says it expects that the site won’t lose that openness.“Normally when people introduce themselves via messaging they say for example, ‘hi, i'm Sean,’ instead of ‘hi, I'm sadclown4eva,’” the spokesperson says.The company explained its decision in a blog post today, saying that OKCupid handles are “a pain to come up with and a pain to remember.” The change starts with a test group, then rolls out to everyone by the end of 2017.“Like the recent goodbye we said to AIM screen names, it’s time to keep up with the times,” the post says.