Your username or your online dating name is the very first step you take towards a good introduction. Whether you like it or not, your username will be taken at face value and people will start forming impressions of you the very moment they see it.
With that in mind, how do you go about creating the perfect introduction?
Avoid using words like sexy and hot
You might be particularly proud of how you look but slapping variations of sexy, sexxy, sexiii, hot, hott, and 2hot4U on your username just makes it sound a little cheap. Not only is it unoriginal, it also doesn’t say much about who you are. You’ll simply be joining a whole legion of people using the same username formula: [sexy/sexxy/sexiii] + [insert real nickname here] + [insert favorite number or last 2 digits of birth year.] Very unoriginal.
Determine what you’re looking for
To get an effective username, you first need to find out what kind of people you want to appeal to. There is a variety of keywords you can choose from that are related to your interests, goals, and characteristics. Do you want to appeal to people who like travel? You may want to take that into consideration when picking out keywords for your username. Usernames like xXxHotTamalexXx might give the wrong impression of who you really are and attract people you don’t really like.
When coming up with ideas for an online dating name, list down words that describe you best. Are you clever? Witty? An artist? Why not put that in your username? It will certainly give the people who view your profile a good first impression.
Talk about what you like doing
Maybe you like cooking. Or maybe you prefer online gaming. If you feel that the activity you love doing is interesting and says a lot about you, feel free to use it in your online dating name. Take note, however, that some activities may potentially throw off some people who feel differently about those topics.
Don’t use your real personal details
This tip is more closely related to online safety. As much as possible, avoid using words that give away your personal information. Avoid using your real name. There will come a time when you will feel comfortable about sharing this information with a few of the people you interact with but for the moment, it is simply good practice to avoid sharing too much online.
Set yourself apart
When the website tells you that the username cutelawyer123 is unavailable it might be tempting to just change one of the numbers or add a letter somewhere. Resist that temptation. The website is already telling you that there is someone else on the site named cutelawyer123, if you pick the name cutelawyer124 or cutielawyer123, you’ll just end up being one of several people (there may be more than one) named cutielawyer.
Don’t be negative
When you create your username, try to advertise the positive, interesting things about you. You might hate classical music or reality TV shows but your username is not the place to advertise that. Too much negativity can throw people off. A username like TwilightSuxx doesn’t do much except let people know that the most interesting thing about you is your hatred of sparkly vampires.