The Do's And Don'ts Of Picking A Username

How to pick a great username

By Erika Ettin

Online dating usernames… there’s good, there’s bad, and there’s ugly.

Many people think of an online dating username as an afterthought, or a throwaway, but it’s actually more important than you might think. When someone sees your profile, he or she sees two things first: your first picture and your username. Think of the username as more of an executive summary instead.

 

Here are a few easy pointers for improving your username:

 

 

1. Be Creative!

Steer clear of using your first name, a string of numbers, or your initials and some numbers. Can we say boring? This type of username is sometimes considered lazy or uncreative. And that’s the last thing you want potential partners to think of you.

2. Spice Up Your Name

Think of a few things that really describe you and string them together. Use mine – SassyScotchLover, BlueEyedBiker, iHeartCheese, SkierFromAspen.

A study by the Queen Mary University of London showed that men are more attracted to screen names that indicate physical attractiveness (eg, Blondie, Cutie), whereas women are more attracted to screen names that indicate intelligence (eg, Cultured).

3. Short and sweet is A-Okay!

match.com allows 16 characters. Sites like JDate truncate to fit the screen. Keep it short but descriptive.

4. Change it if you don’t like it

Your username isn’t set in stone. You can change it as often as you like, just like your profile. So go for it.

The best usernames are the ones that generate a question or a comment or even make you giggle. Now’s the moment of truth. Go back to your username, and if it isn’t eye-catching enough, it’s time to make a change.

Remember, it’s all about creating a synergy. You might have a great profile picture but if you don’t have a great username you might make a bad first impression. Just follow my tips and you will meet your first match before you know it.

Ready to start dating online? Check out this chart and sign up for one of the great online dating sites today!

Erika Ettin

About Erika Ettin

Erika Ettin is the Founder of A Little Nudge and author of Love at First Site: Tips & Tales for Online Dating Success from a Modern-Day Matchmaker. She offers services to guide people through all aspects of online dating, from first click to first date. Erika studied economics at Cornell University and received her MBA from Georgetown University. Her company, founded in early 2011, has been featured in The Washington Post, NPR, News Channel 8, and AskMen.com, and Erika currently writes a syndicated column for the Chicago Tribune. Learn more about Erika here.

 

 

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