They represented a dry humor than aligns with my own.
Admittedly, my personal history of username selection isn’t without blemishes.
On my fourth or fifth date arranged through OKCupid I met my current boyfriend, who happens to be the most communicative, fun, and kind person I’ve met, online or off.
I’ll spare you the gush-fest; suffice it to say we’re an awesome match.
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.
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.“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.This includes subbing in "1"s for "i"s, but also riffs on the AOL chatroom trope of suffixing a username with "4u".Although 53 percent of usernames in Herring's survey included a number, very few of the numbers seemed to have personal meaning.“Moreover, the kinds of attributes they mention differ from those mentioned by men.” While "cuddly," "silly," "sweet," and "faithful" were all used in the women’s profiles she surveyed, men gravitated towards "sexy," "cool," "mellow," and "great." According to Herring's survey, usernames on OKCupid are an average of 10.5 characters.