Feb 9, 2010 6:33am

How important is a screen name? Specifically, can a screen name be the difference between a "pass" and a profile view?

I've asked a few people about my screen name (Lady_Zebra), and gotten various responses. What does that name sound like to you? Something interesting, predatory, or just weird? Does it make you want to ask what it's about?

Is is better to have an interesting screen name, or one that's self-evident?

Is there an interesting story behind your screen name?



Feb 9, 2010 6:38am

As long as your screen name isn't immature/boring I see no problem with it. I have mine because I use it everywhere on the internet; that way it's easier for my friends to find me. It's also the last name (minus the X of course) of a fictional character in one of my stories. :)


Feb 9, 2010 6:49am

Yes, if someon'e name is immature, I would pass, because it says so much about their personality. Boring? Well, that's not really an issue for me, but it's easier to remember someone whose screen name stands out.

You have a specific reason for your name, which makes sense to you and could possibly be a launching point for discussion. Or perhaps you're mostly interested in people who already understand your reference? Mine was chosen with a little of both in mind.

Interestingly, the people I asked from this site had no clue whatsoever, and it didn't matter. A friend IRL had some negative impressions about my screen name.

Vangorn? Is it a character from a story you've written, or from another author?


Feb 9, 2010 7:31am

Screen names are super important.

  • It should be easy to pronounce.
  • It should rhyme easily.
  • It should conjure up meaningful images.
  • It should show the real you, the inner you

Feb 9, 2010 7:39am

zz has it right. As you can see, he pulled it off with his name, down to the z.

If you're a guy, don't have a name that gives away how perverted/horny you are.


If you're a chick, do whatever you want.


Feb 9, 2010 9:06am

If you're a guy, it's best to avoid names like Big Dick Dudley or Balls Mahoney, won't get you very far.  Of course if you're a chick like captain morgan mentioned, then you can pretty much use whatever name you want.


Feb 9, 2010 9:14am

So what I'm reading here is that (for a girl) the screen name is really a non-issue.

Is it true that it neither attracts nor-detracts- from the viewer's interest?

That all that counts is if the guy likes the picture? (oops that just slipped in!)

Speaking only for myself, yes, I've passed on some profiles (not even read them) if the screen name is immature or if it looks like he's way into something I'm not. Conversely, if the screen name intrigues me, I'll look at the profile. 


Feb 9, 2010 9:25am

I think it does contribute to MY overall decision of whether to pass a profile or not.

Especially with people saying how sincere and genuine they are and then you see the screen name , for example 'so_hot4u' or 'suckitandsee', it's not appealing lol

However it can also be a icebreaker, i have recieved a few messages from guys asking why i picked my screen name.


Feb 9, 2010 9:25am

if you assume something from a trivial username, you're kinda stupid. like, really, it's incredibly ignorant.


Feb 9, 2010 9:29am

Definitely agree with the above poster.. seriously people, unless someone has the name Iwillfindwhereyoulive6969.. you are probably reading into things way too much.


Feb 9, 2010 10:19am

The screenname a person chooses can often be representative of an interest or personal trait.

BitterBarbie is a perfect example- by using a popular female toy icon and the word "bitter," which is generally held to be a negative trait, she identifies herself as a member of the "Scene" subculture. Her attitude matches this assessment.

Exstrife8469 sounds like something a teenager would come up with as an e-mail address. I imagine if you appended "" (or something similar) to the end of it and ran a google search you would find some additional information about him. "69" is also indicative of a juvenile sense of humor or being overly attached to his vanishing youth.


Feb 9, 2010 10:52am

Themes/types of screen names might have trends according to age groups, with the less mature and overtly sexual names being chosen by younger users. 

Most of the screen names I see are "fairly" obvious, or totally obscure. I don't want to use actual examples, but in the obscure category it could be a group of numbers with one or two letters. Or for obvious, something like (and I'm making this up, althought I've seen similar) BillTheBikerDude.

Still, though, my assumption is that "BillTheBikerDude" is so much into motorcycles that he puts it out there for the www to know it. I don't think that's reading too much into it.


Feb 9, 2010 11:41am

I personally don't think screen names matter at all unless it's something incredibly pervy, like a couple of people said before. 


Feb 9, 2010 12:41pm

I've run into a lot of deterring names mainly because of how fake them seem to be. Usually names that feel like they came out of a name generator puts in a position of paranoia as to another bot or phishing scam. Usually, a bunch of numbers can be a bit of a deterrent.


Feb 9, 2010 12:57pm

oh, jeez, I never thought about phishing scams and/or bots. "But the profile seemed so nice!"

Once in awhile it seems like the numbers are the zip code that corresponds to their resident city, and that seems legit.


Feb 9, 2010 6:56pm

I didn't think there were so many opinions on screen names. I usually don't look at them anyway since I can't divine much information from them. Now I'm wondering about mine (not to hijack the thread).


Feb 9, 2010 7:09pm

I agree with you, I spend no time analyzing what a username means, its just a handle.  The important content is all in the profile.


Feb 9, 2010 7:16pm

Well if you are a guy and you have sexy, horny, hot, or any other compliment to yourself in your screen name, that is a turn-off.


Feb 9, 2010 7:19pm

I am not sure,.....I always try to wonder where the person got their  screenname from after reading their profile.


Feb 9, 2010 8:12pm

To me, it doesn't really matter. I've had the same screen name for everything for over five years now. I think as long as it's something you like then it's alright.

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