Dating site OKCupid is trading its user pseudonyms for a real-name policy.
The company explained its decision in a blog post today, saying that OKCupid handles are “a pain to come up with and a pain to remember.” The change starts with a test group, then rolls out to everyone by the end of 2017.
A website always asks you to make a username when you register.
Many people just use their name with a number after it to make a username and move on.
You just can’t go by “Britney__Tears,” “Daddyz Princess29,” or “Bread_Time,” to name a few (lightly modified) usernames it listed.
In a statement to , a spokesperson said that a name requires at least two letters, with no numbers, symbols, or emojis, and that there’s a list of banned words that won’t qualify.
At the very least, the website may shut down your account if your username is inappropriate.
If you think that an employer may one day see your username, keep it professional.
If you know that your employer will never see the username, then go crazy.
You can use these funny usernames for any social media, dating or other website that you come across.
Helpful Tips While you can choose any username you want, think carefully before you make your final decision.