Choosing a Screen Name for Internet Dating

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Choosing a Screen Name for Internet Dating

Note: If you're struggling to find a great screen name, why not take a look at ProfileIdea (which is reviewed here). It comes with over 240 suggestions.

Your screen name (sometimes called "profile name") is one of the first things you're going to have to consider when you sign-up at an internet dating site. You should try to choose something that is concise, descriptive, and attention grabbing, and spend some time thinking about it, rather picking the first idea that crosses your mind.

When choosing a screen name, you should consider ideas based on your personality, your occupation, or perhaps a physical trait:-
  • Some occupations will work better than others. For example, "FireFighterGuyinSeattle" is very a good screen name. A lot of women are drawn to guys who are firefighters. Your screen names tells them what you do and what city you are in. However, "AccountantManinSeattle" just doesn't quite have the same effect, does it? There's nothing wrong with being an accountant, but it's just really not considered interesting and exciting.

  • If you don't want to go with your occupation, you could use a personality or physical trait. For example, if you picked "IrishBlueEyedGuyinSeattle" as your screen name, you would build interest from girls who may be Irish or who like Irish guys. You'd also attract girls who like guys with blue eyes and they know you're in Seattle. Don't be afraid to look at some other member's screen names to find something that you like and inspire your own.
One of the most important things is to avoid screen name clichés like "Sexygirl" "LonelyGirl" "BuffDude" and so on. These types of screen names don't attract much interest in the first place, are instantly forgettable even when people read them, and are simply drowned out by the horde of similar non-distinctive screen names. Spend some time at any internet dating site, and you'll see exactly what I mean when you start looking through profiles.

A lot of people don't think the screen name is important. It really is. Your screen name, your tagline, and a thumbnail picture are all going to combine to give other members their first impression of you. Once the first impression is made, you can't go back in time and change it. You want to do your very best to make as much of an impact on your first impression as you can.

Note: If you're struggling to find a great screen name, why not take a look at ProfileIdea (which is reviewed here). It comes with over 240 suggestions.

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