Choosing a dating website username
"Most numbers seemed to have been included to differentiate the username from other similar usernames in the system," Herring said.Only five percent of usernames surveyed included geographic information, and zero percent included pop culture references such as band names.My first, chosen for a dial-up Compu Serve account, was Pool Princess6030, a blatant ripoff of my BFF's moniker, sport2040.But I’ve since become a more deliberate person (read: adult human) and tend to think my usernames align with my personality."Five of 71 men and six of 93 women included their birth year, and two men and two women included the current year, 2015," Herring said.Age, after all, is just a number -- a number that's listed prominently on OKC user pages, so displaying it in a username is a little redundant.They represented a dry humor than aligns with my own.
Much more appealing were earnest self-depictions or vague, consciously nonsensical noun mish-mashes.
This can of course be explained by the sheer number of users on OKCupid, but also the fact that, as opposed to IRC, the site is transparent, and allows users to see names, photos, ages, and other information by scrolling through a profile.
This frees up users to get inventive; names now include "profession, interests, personal attributes and attitudes, and what the user is seeking or promising," according to Herring.
“There’s too much variety in the names to really get a sense of whether one particular one affects incoming messages,” he told me in an email.
“There are certainly trends -- people append the word 'taco' a lot, but that’s because we suggest it, kind of as a joke.