Dating website name generator

25-Apr-2016 18:15 by 7 Comments

Dating website name generator

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.

But he concluded that from a data standpoint, usernames are too unique to draw specific conclusions.

“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.

"Most numbers seemed to have been included to differentiate the username from other similar usernames in the system," Herring said.

Only five percent of usernames surveyed included geographic information, and zero percent included pop culture references such as band names.

It does, however, illuminate broader trends about how our online language use has changed over time.

“Females tend to include more personal attributes in their usernames,” Herring says.

This includes subbing in "1"s for "i"s, but also riffs on the AOL chatroom trope of suffixing a username with "4u".

Although 53 percent of usernames in Herring's survey included a number, very few of the numbers seemed to have personal meaning.

"Five of 71 men and six of 93 women included their birth year, and two men and two women included the current year, 2015," Herring said.

Age, after all, is just a number -- a number that's listed prominently on OKC user pages, so displaying it in a username is a little redundant.

Based on these tags, she was able to draw a few conclusions about usernames, how men and women differ in choosing them, and how choosing usernames has changed since the advent of the Internet.