Whenever you join an online dating service, you are asked to create a user name (sometimes referred to as a member name, screen name or user handle). This will be a unique name that people will associate with you. You will use it for your profile, e-mailing other members, “winking” at other members, chatting with men and women in chat rooms, and so on. For your protection, do not use your real name. You want to remain totally anonymous. Only give your real name out when you get to know someone extremely well.
So now that you can select your very own cool screen name, what will it be?
The possibilities are endless and exciting. But there are a few things you’ll want to consider to increase the chances of your personal ad being viewed, and receiving lots of replies.
If you want a great online dating user name to set you apart from the rest of the crowd, just follow these surefire tips:
Spend time viewing other user names. Research what looks good and what doesn’t. Find out what you like and don’t like. Emulate the ones you like.
Keep your name as short as possible. Find out the maximum visible length allowed. Some online dating sites will allow a user name to be perhaps fifteen characters, but they may only display the first twelve.
Tell people something about yourself. Your screen name is a small window into your soul. Tell people who you are, what you love, what ideals you hold dear, what your interests are. If you are passionate about golf, try something like “GolfDiva”.
If your user name is already taken, keep trying. Let’s say you want “GolfDiva”, but someone beat you to it. Don’t give up. Try a variation such as “GolfLover”, “DivaOfGolf”, “GolferDiva”, or “GolfingDiva”.
Be creative and/or humorous. You want to make your user name as unique and creative as possible. Everyone likes wit. If you can find a way to work it into your user name, go for it! Funny screen names definitely work.
Create a memorable screen name. Don’t be cryptic. Avoid names such as “jbaaasbw” or “1144254”. Rather, try to choose a name that means something, and that people can remember. That way, when people are doing a search, you can be easily located.
Don’t add numbers after your name. It is too easy to confuse “Hank1123” with “Hank1223”, or to type numbers incorrectly. So, instead of looking up “Hank1123”, they may accidentally look up “Hank1223”. “Hank1123” may have just missed the love of his life due to selecting a generic numbered name.
Use both upper and lower case for ease of reading. Capitalize the first character of each word, so the person reading your name can easily figure out the meaning of your name. There is no sense having a catchy phrase for your user name if people loose patience trying to figure out the meaning. You only have a few seconds to grab the person’s attention before they look at the next user name. Make your seconds count. So instead of “lovetolaugh”, try “LoveToLaugh”.
Be positive and happy. You always want to portray yourself as a positive, happy person that men or women will love to be around. Negativity, rudeness and depression do not entice people. “LoveToLaugh” is a great upbeat user name which lets people know you are fun to be around and enjoy a good joke.
Finally, be confident without bragging. You always want to portray yourself as a confident person that has something to offer people. But please do not brag. Avoid screen names such as “MeekGeek” which are self-deprecating.
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