It’s also best not to just recycle whatever old school internet handle has been your Twitter username and forum login info for years—stuff we created c.1998 is usually not compelling enough for the competitive ecosystem of online dating.
You don’t want to attract the wrong kind of attention. Personally, apart from the last one (not only too lazy to think of something, they can’t even be bothered to check their spelling) and the scary one about the ‘furnace of darkness’, I find the others fine, but perhaps a little bland. So when you’re creating your own headline, you need to ask yourself, does this pique interest? They appealed to my taste, but may well not appeal to yours.
Thirdly, it’s best to leave work out of things at this point. Basically, I’m not on falling over myself to click the ‘read more’ button. In any case they are slightly more interesting and well thought out than the earlier ones, demonstrating a level of creativity and humour. With a little bit of effort you will probably come up with something that is better than 90% of what is currently out there!
His name makes me chuckle because it’s a bit silly, but it shows he has some imagination and already I know I have something in common with him.
Frank number two is making his username work hard for him rather than wasting this great opportunity to attract people from the get-go. How much easier would it be to send him an email than the first Frank? But also, crucially, it’s going to be much, much easier to remember the name of the second Frank, so if you want to find him again the next time you’re online, you will. Have a look back at some of the things you came up with about yourself last week.
You may be an awesome business woman, project manager, director etc but your username is not the time or the place to showcase this. Here we have a few more words to play with and our second opportunity to make a good impression and attract people to click on our profile. If you’re still feeling stuck and uninspired, you could just stick to a headline that describes your USP (which we looked at last week).