(Again, this is an “only if the shoe fits” example.) : Potentially makes you sound drinky.
These are all way more eye-catching and curiosity-inducing than your average username.
I mostly discourage “descriptive” usernames, like “Fit Swimmer Guy,” because they just sound cheesy, boring, a bit boasty, and kind of outdated.
Trying too hard to perfectly sum yourself up is a common pitfall. Generally you should avoid anything with numbers, or super descriptive words (Ski Girl Seattle is very boring, even if it’s easy to come up with—and it only conveys information we’d be able to find in other areas of her profile).
It’s also best not to just recycle whatever old school internet handle has been your Twitter username and forum login info for years—stuff we created c.
Your username in an online dating profile matters more than you might realize.
I know, I know; none of the sites make it clear enough. Don’t create a totally random one that you gave a mere second’s thought!
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.
However, if you can come up with a more clever way to describe yourself and what you do, go for it!
(Run it by me if you’re not sure.) These are all descriptive usernames that give a hint as to what people do or are like, without attempting to completely sum up their entire essence.
Also avoid awkward SMS-speak like “u” for “you” and “4” for “for.” You’ll alienate more people than you attract, even if that is in fact how you communicate in short form like text messages or casual emails. Don’t you usually wait until a couple texts in to get that lazy with someone new? All this tells me is that you’re a dude (probably) who’s named Jeremy (probably) who may or may not have been born and/or graduated and/or created this profile in 1987. So don’t just go sticking in the number of your birth year or area code or whatever.