If you consider your online dating profile to be your personal advertising tool in the dating world, your username is your brand’s mission statement.Creating your username is actually the second most important step to finding and attracting your ideal partner online.It’s the first thing potential dates see, and as this humorous article indicates, it makes a big impression (sometimes unintentionally).It’s either a huge advantage, a huge disadvantage, or a missed opportunity! You can check out this link with a decent round-up of some of the very worst username strategies, but there are a lot of more mundane things that make for bad usernames.
Include a current—say, within six months—head shot and a full-body shot of yourself. "Most often people make their decision based on the primary photo," says Wax. "We don't need you to tell us that you aren't a writer or you hate writing about yourself." Let your personality shine through.I’ve had ever so many users come to me with usernames that either convey something totally off (wrong gender, for example) or just failed to help them stand out and shine.Your username, coupled with your profile picture, is the MOST visible thing in search results.An analysis about online dating published in the journal Evidence Based Medicine suggests that men are drawn to online profiles in which a user name signifies physical fitness, while women prefer user names indicating risk-taking. The joint data analysis, by researchers with Queen Mary University of London and the University of Texas, found that choosing internet dating handles that begin with a letter in the first half of the alphabet is as important as uploading a flattering profile pic or crafting the perfect introductory headline."Initial interest was best captured through: a desirable screen name starting with a letter in the top half of the alphabet; an attractive still picture; and a fluent headline message," the paper says.