Because when you’re dating online, which is an extremely competitive medium, you need every advantage you can get.

If I get back into online dating, I’ll probably try to come up with something more clever.

Usually I’ll steer clear of someone’s name for the same reason I’ll steer clear of their profile …

I will show you how to create an attention-grabbing, unique username that represents you and a matching mantra to help you stand out in the crowd.

When I polled Facebook users for their tips on creating usernames I got vague advice like “be yourself” and “be authentic,” “use your name,” and comments such as “usernames are not at all important, as long as they are not terrible.”Imagine you found 20 people online attractive.

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Feel like you are running out of men to date and frustrated by the non-committals but ready for a real relationship?

My username combines my first name and a nearby street.

The street name carries connotations (like Soho in NYC), and it reflects the sort of person I am, the type of interests I have, etc.

it reflects that we have wildly different interests.