(Again, this is an “only if the shoe fits” example.) : Potentially makes you sound drinky.

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However, if you can come up with a more clever way to describe yourself and what you do, go for it!

(Run it by me if you’re not sure.) These are all descriptive usernames that give a hint as to what people do or are like, without attempting to completely sum up their entire essence.

It’s the first thing potential dates see, and as this humorous article indicates, it makes a big impression (sometimes unintentionally).

It’s either a huge advantage, a huge disadvantage, or a missed opportunity! You can check out this link with a decent round-up of some of the very worst username strategies, but there are a lot of more mundane things that make for bad usernames.

: It’s kind of inane (unless you’re a UI designer by trade who actually deals with scroll bars and such).

It doesn’t convey quite as much as it could, but it’s still heads above most usernames out there.

Maybe you can’t tell, but it’s really hard for me to come up with pretend GOOD examples.

In light of that, I asked a bunch of Ok Cupid users who had decent usernames if I could include them here as examples, so you can get a feel for what works well!

Also avoid awkward SMS-speak like “u” for “you” and “4” for “for.” You’ll alienate more people than you attract, even if that is in fact how you communicate in short form like text messages or casual emails. Don’t you usually wait until a couple texts in to get that lazy with someone new? All this tells me is that you’re a dude (probably) who’s named Jeremy (probably) who may or may not have been born and/or graduated and/or created this profile in 1987. So don’t just go sticking in the number of your birth year or area code or whatever.