When you’re online dating, the first thing you see after the person’s photo is their username.
Choosing a username might seem like a throwaway task, but it’s way more important than you think.
Sure, having the perfect name on your profile never outright guarantees success.
But a sexy username that really stands out will give you a big head start in the right direction.
As someone who has been an online dating coach since 2003, 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.
You’ll even be spoon-fed 26 examples of good usernames for dating sites like Ok Cupid, POF and Millionaire Match just for reading until the end.
And when your ideal partner is scrolling through hundreds of names – Sally102, Jen NYC1, Lawyer Gal – a great username can be the very reason that someone contacts you. And you become convinced that usernames don’t matter. In my opinion, a username should be a pun or a play on words. Wine Not – for the wine aficionado Lady Go Go – for the world traveler Bach To Bach – for the classical music enthusiast Tender Legal – for the soft-hearted lawyer See the common thread?
Most people take one of two wrong tacks when coming up with an online dating username: 1) Putting ZERO thought into it: Bill10247, Claire T, Ally Cat 2) Putting minimal thought into it, using a literal description: Tall Doctor, Gorgeous Goddess, Fun2Be Around The problem with these efforts, of course, is not that they’re “bad”, but rather that they’re BORING. All of them are plays off of real names, idioms or catchphrases, which is why they evoke smiles from readers.
With millions of singles crawling through various dating sites and apps, looking for a potential match, your username is the first thing they'll come across; reading it will give them a first impression.
Your objective is to find a decent enough, yet slightly unusual username which stands out from all the other names. Usually, usernames don't have any spaces between the words, and hence, the use of capital letters is required in order to separate it.