Choosing a clickable username"I like usernames that reflect something about the character of the person without trying to be excessively hip or witty. Simple is better. I'd click on suzy123 before PhD123Maryseeme."
--Anthony, 43, online business development, NY
"User names like 'looking4the1' and such just come off as desperate. I'm fine with a first name, or a combo of letters and numbers that I don't understand. But I don't think it's necessary to get extra cute with a username. That's not what counts."
--Russ, 29, technology consultant, PA
"I hate usernames that are too cryptic. I enjoy clever wit, but that's as far as it should go. I'm trying to get a date, not take an exam."
--Alex, 28, banker, NY
"I don't think I've ever clicked on a headline like 'Juliet seeks her Romeo' or 'In search of Prince Charming.' Those usually indicate someone who might be on a mission and might not be too much fun."
--Jamie, 30, software sales account executive, NY
"I've helped some of my female friends with their ads; one wasn't getting much mail, until I came up with a new username for her, 'BetterThanYourEx.' Guys thought this was original and funny. It also synched up with the male thought process when we're reading ads: 'Hmm, at least she looks like she'd be better than my ex.'"
--Brian, 36, corporate finance, CA