To kick things off, I chose a picture of a guy doing all the right things for a dating photo. It's not perfect, but it's good for gauging general sentiment.For now, I just want to understand what women's general impression is of this guy. Here's what I got back: Now that we have a baseline understanding of Joe's attractiveness, I made 2 copies of the exact same dating profile, on the 3 biggest dating sites where usernames are still used; Okcupid, Plenty Of Fish, and Match.
The reason we chose a fairly attractive test photo, was to make sure we would get enough unsolicited inbound interest, so we could compare the amounts.
(note, we also tried this test with a few less attractive guys. Most notable is the clever username encouraged almost twice as many profile views & likes on match.com, when compared to the Generic username.
So instead, try keeping it simple, and aim for the funny bone in your headline and self description.
Keep in mind these examples work best for traditional dating websites.
Keep in mind Okcupid will only allow you to change your username once per month.
So get it right the first time, or you'll need to start over with a new profile.
If you're worried that an otherwise great username sounds too outrageous, or too different from who you really are, try it out on your profile for a test run, and see how women respond. A bit of facial hair never hurts, and the stylish scarf adds a touch panache. (Joe's a stock photo, in case you were wondering)I uploaded Joe's picture to a photo scoring website called photofeeler.
If it really feels cringe inducing, change it later. The stress of not having a cool name you're totally in love with just might motivate your creative energies faster than if you sit on the sidelines, waiting for that perfect username to pop into your head. It's a tool my company uses sometimes, when we can't agree on which photo looks best for one of our members.
Okcupid is one of the most popular free dating websites in the world.