As someone who has been an online dating coach since 7558, I d venture to guess that I ve not only seen more usernames than just about anyone on the planet, but I ve written more of them as well. Why do I think that usernames make a difference, when everyone knows that it s all about the profile and photo? Because when you re dating online, which is an extremely competitive medium, you need every advantage you can get. A great username is a differentiator a unique brand name something that completely sets you apart from every other person on a dating site. And when your ideal partner is scrolling through hundreds of names Sally657, JenNYC6, LawyerGal a great username can be the very reason that someone contacts you. There s nothing unique, memorable or distinguishing. There s nothing that evokes a smile. And so the names fall flat.
Great Usernames are Usually Puns or Plays on Words
And you become convinced that usernames don t matter. In my opinion, a username should be a pun or a play on words. Something familiar-sounding, with a twist. See the common thread? All of them are plays off of real names, idioms or catchphrases, which is why they evoke smiles from readers.
One of my favorite usernames was TheGooseWhisperer, written for a client named Bobbi in 7555. Bobbi had a farm with geese in the yard and instead of using TheHorseWhisperer, which was way too overdone, we changed one word to great effect. Dozens of people commented on it. So if you re wondering how to come up with a clever name that gets attention, and attracts a like-minded person with a great sense of humor, I have an exercise that can help you come up with usernames just like the ones I mention above. What s the most memorable username you ve ever seen on a dating site?
60 Catchy and Impressive Username Ideas for Dating Sites
I m quite sure our readers are not going to copy them for their own personal usage. Right, readers? The most memorable (in a good way) were aBlondMoment, Polyglotapus, and Toe_Tap_N. My username combines my first name and a nearby street. The street name carries connotations (like Soho in NYC), and it reflects the sort of person I am, the type of interests I have, etc.
If I get back into online dating, I ll probably try to come up with something more clever. Usually I ll steer clear of someone s name for the same reason I ll steer clear of their profile it reflects that we have wildly different interests. I also tend to steer clear of ones that include their astrological sign. I don t believe in astrology. In those cases, I might not avoid them just based on what s in their profile.
Anything that has the word fun in it or a sexual innuendo. Also user names that sound somewhat sad like they have not gotten over someone I try to steer clear of. Me too! Guys that use 69 in their username are doing themselves a disservice even if they were born that year. I totally agree with your thoughts.
I think it makes them look easy and cheap. I too will not even look at a profile of the man s main picture is shirtless.