See which ones you like and which ones you think are bad, and that will help you figure out a better username for yourself.I don’t suggest you plagiarize, but there is nothing wrong from getting inspiration from the other profiles’ usernames.This makes is all the easier for them to start talking to you.Instead of struggling with how to start talking to you online, they can just begin by asking you what the story is behind your username. I’ve swiped, I’ve messaged, I’ve boldly gone where no right-thinking relationship-seeker has gone before (to see a vampire movie on a first date), all in the name of finding love, or at least a cool guy to hang out with.To this end I’ve been more successful, or perhaps luckier, than my friends.I don’t attribute this to an alignment of stars, to the mercy of the web gods and goddesses, or even to OKC’s algorithm, which supposedly uses questions such as “What’s worse, book burning or flag burning? Instead, I chalk up my positive online dating experiences -- which, with the exception of a brazen date who rudely shushed fellow theatergoers (referred to amongst my friends henceforth as “the shusher”), has been without horror stories -- to my careful evaluation of a potential match’s username before arranging a date.Puns and hyper-masculine references were mostly no-gos.
I was curious about whether my tendency to critique usernames more harshly than photos was universal, and decided to speak with a linguist about whether or not the language of our online dating avatars says something about who we are.
“There’s too much variety in the names to really get a sense of whether one particular one affects incoming messages,” he told me in an email.
“There are certainly trends -- people append the word 'taco' a lot, but that’s because we suggest it, kind of as a joke.
My first, chosen for a dial-up Compu Serve account, was Pool Princess6030, a blatant ripoff of my BFF's moniker, sport2040.
But I’ve since become a more deliberate person (read: adult human) and tend to think my usernames align with my personality.