You’ve decided to take the plunge and try online dating- good for you!
Now what? First, you get to pick your user name and it’s more important than you think. It’s often the first thing people will see online besides your photo. That means it is a vital part of the first impression you’ll make. So, you’ll want to choose a user name that’s catchy, clever, or different.
Many people choose their first name combined with a number – well that’s functional, but not very exciting. Sort of like buying a wrench at Home Depot. You may need it to get your project done, but it’s not going to blow your dress up so to speak.
Some people pick a trite phrase that they think is descriptive – but more often than not, lots of other people have thought of something similar. Names like Sweet & ActiveWoman or VTGirl. OK – its gets a point across, but it’s not that captivating is it?
Fine, so what will work? Well what if you show your sense of humor? Take part of song lyrics, a movie title or line something from a popular TV show? 30-Something, Charmed, or PennyLane. Better right?
Here’s what you don’t want to do – worse than a dull impression is the wrong impression! I went online and not to pick on anyone but – not sure what these ladies are thinking…
RedHotMama, MotheringLady, PassionateWoman, PlayfulGirl, Hot4U – Yikes!
Remember that if you are looking for a long-term relationship, you want to stay away from sexy titles. And the flip side is to avoid mothering – that is the opposite of sexy! Stay away from anything that starts to sound like the Madonna or Whore dichotomy.
You also want to avoid negativity, challenges or promises n your name – FaithfullyYours, NoLiarsApply, BitchinBabe, SmarterThanU
What is a good user name? Well, that’s a tough one because beauty or in this case "Good" is in the eye of the beholder. But what about something offbeat, funny, clever. IrishEyes, TriviaQueen, KayakandYak, LOLwithME, Surfing4U.
Get creative, have fun and remember – you only get one chance for a first impression – please make it count.