Plenty of Fish (POF) Usernames: Good Ideas For Confident Names & Tips For Guys, Girls + Safety and Privacy Items to Keep in Mind
One of the first hurdle most people who decide to give Plenty Of Fish a try is how to select a username. Usernames were a big hit for the early dating sites like Match.com and OkCupid that were primarily a desktop platform with fewer required fields but are still in use today. With that said, usernames should not be overlooked. Aside from your first photo, it is the first thing people observe when they stumble on your online dating profile.
A bad username can be an instant turn-off for viewers – it’s possible that a username can turn-away someone from clicking on your profile from the search results! Don’t let this happen to you! While it is not necessary to user your real name, creating a joke name, having an immature reference can do more harm than good and offset an otherwise solid to great profile.
As an online dating photographer and consultant based out of San Francisco, I advise clients on all things dating apps (app choice, photos, bios, prompts, usernames, privacy, date ideas, communication and more). Read more about my services here: https://eddie-hernandez.com/online-dating/
Many folks on dating sites are either new to online dating, sensitive about disclosing too much information about themselves or have a hard time being creative, unique. While stalking, harassment are legitimate concerns with any dating site, you can minimize exposure by adding some variation to your username and avoiding using your full name. For instance, Katie -> Kate, Eddie -> Ed, Lindsay -> Lindsey.
There is no harm going by a slight deviation in your name and it also conveys you are making a strong, intentional effort to put yourself out there vs someone who uses a joke username.
A common approach is to append your name with some piece of information about you sometimes an area code, college name or mascot, country of origin. TrojanGirl99, ParisianPainter, NYCAlexis, KiwiKatherine, KateX_415. It’s helpful to use a username that reveals a little more information about yourself so that 1) it shows you are putting yourself out there and 2) provides additional piece of information to help suitors make a first move, initiate conversation.
One of the most challenging things with online dating is conversation starters – don’t waste the space with something random. Use the space to make the most out of your limited canvas with which to market yourself.
Bad, Desperate Usernames
There are some bad usernames out there that have a strong sense of despair, depression, shyness or hopelessness – don’t let this be you. Waiting4The1, ReadyToDate, ShyGuy213 or SureWhyNot. Indifference or insecurity are not traits people gravitate to. You are not just competing for someone, you are competing against others. Be confident in your profile and your username as it is the first thing someone will notice aside from your photos.
Incorporating aspects of your life like hobbies and passions can also help build a good username – RockClimb707, MtnBike650. The idea is to use things you spend quite a time doing or are practicing. Other ideas include using your profession as a base for your username i.e. marin_artist, westmarin_baker, sfstylist. These provide a little more detail about your profession and lifestyle without giving away too much information.
One thing to keep in mind is being mindful about what you communicate to others. Avoid using any passwords, screen names and such as scammers can use this information to guess your other accounts. Information you display on dating profiles should be unique and at the same time limited in terms of revealing too much unnecessary info especially to strangers.
This is true if you use the same photo as your main photo on social media i.e. facebook or linkedin. All your dating photos should be unique to your dating profile or at least not public on the internet. Read more about online dating safety and privacy below.
About Eddie Hernandez
Eddie Hernandez is a professional photographer specializing in natural, candid online dating photos. Featured in the SFGate, ABC7News, East Bay Express, Salon; contributor to Good Men Project, Plenty Of Fish and Meddle. In addition to photos, he provides guidance around app choice, bio optimization, messaging techniques, wardrobe advice and date ideas. https://eddie-hernandez.com/contact/
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