Plenty of Fish (POF) Usernames: Ideas and Tips For Guys, Girls

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. 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!

Privacy

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.

Appending Names

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.

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.

Other Ideas

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.

Eddie Hernandez is a professional dating photographer and consultant in San Francisco and has clients all over the United States, South America, Europe and Asia. He is a contributor Plenty of Fish blog.  You can read more helpful tips on his blog about photos, dating apps, conversation starters and more here on his blog.