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Some online dating sites allow you to select your own screen name, subject to availability. Others use your first name or the site comes up with a computer-generated user name, along with a long series of numbers.
This can make your profile look like more like a library card instead of someone whose personality should be shining.
Just like a great magazine headline, in order to grab his or her attention, you need an eye-catching screen name for your dating profile.
But finding a memorable one isn’t always that easy, as your favorite choice might already been taken.
Having an eye-grabbing rock star screen name goes hand in hand with posting a great primary photo in your online dating profile.
This winning combination’s goal is stop someone in their digital tracks so they can read your profile to get to know you.
“Having a catchy screen name makes it
easier to start an online conversation.”
If your screen name is “Johnny12345” or “Suzy1192647,” it isn’t as catchy or irresistible as “JohnnyLovesFootball,” “SuzySings” or “SkiingEnthusiast.”
If you’re stumped, think about your passions, favorite travel spot or favorite song.
I’ve often used variations of a song title as a catchy screen name. Why? Because it adds personality to your profile and invites someone who shares your passion for music to stop and take a digital peek.
Don’t be surprised if he or she fills in the blanks with the second line of the song.
Take for example, “SkiingEnthusiast.” If someone else loves to ski, it’s an invitation to ask you where your favorite ski spot is or if you’re a blue-intermediate skier or at the black-diamond level.
If your favorite screen name is unavailable, try adding the city, state or zip code to the end of it. Screen names such as “SkiingLoverinNY” or “YogaLady90210” are still catchy.
Having a catchy screen name invites someone into your world. It takes a two-dimensional Internet dating profile and gives it personality.
Singles browsing hundreds of profiles at a time are often unsure what to write in their introductory email to you. Having a catchy screen name makes it easier to start an online conversation.
How catchy is your screen name? Perhaps it’s time for yours to get an update.