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!
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.
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.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’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.