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Funny usernames on dating sites

They were, to me, the pseudonym equivalent of a cheesy pickup line.

“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.

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.

“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.

She compared this with the number of characters in usernames from Internet Relay Chat logs she's saved from 1999 -- names on that site were an average of 6.6 characters.

They represented a dry humor than aligns with my own.

Admittedly, my personal history of username selection isn’t without blemishes.

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.

I began with Christian Rudder, OKCupid’s founder and the author of , a book that uses data from the dating site to draw conclusions about message language, message length, depressing discrepancies between male and female age preferences, and more.