It’s the first thing potential dates see, and as this humorous article indicates, it makes a big impression (sometimes unintentionally).
These are real people who have been generous enough to share their actual usernames, or sometimes allowed me to share a vague notion of what their username was like.
(Note that real usernames generally can’t contain spaces, but I’m deliberately listing any multi-word entries as phrases to add a tad more privacy for these volunteers.) These are terrific if you are something of a wordsmith, if you speak another language, or if you happen to come up with a deliciously clever idea.
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.
None of them force you really take time to think about that step, or let you fill out the other aspects of your profile while you ponder the all-important “username” field and come back to it once the creative juices are flowing. Check out this link about a JDate user who picked an icky name.
I confess I had no idea what “tossed salad” meant, but it turns out it meant something kinda kinky that did not convey what this gal intended.That would make them relevant and witty, and likely to stand out to similarly math-minded gals.Pinot Grizzly – Maybe : Sounds playful with subtle word play; indicates that this user likes wine and has that Northwest-scruffy vibe (you know, like a bit too much stuff from Filson and a few days’ of stubble). : Could possibly signify “bear,” which is a slang term in the gay community for guys who are a bit hairier/less effeminate.These can be song lyrics, common turns of phrase, pop culture slogans, etc.In ours we have a common gem of wisdom regarding puzzle completion, a phrase from The Lorax, a reference to an old SNL skit, and a co-opted marketing phrase.Could send the wrong message about your orientation, despite you self-identifying as straight on the site.