A username is your identity online, whether you use it for your online bank or just to meet new people through a social network. Creating a username, screen name, handle, login ID, etc., is serious business.
Not only will this new moniker become tied to your online identity, but it will also affect other people's perception of you, much like how your hair and clothes might during an in-person meeting.
Your handle might even affect the results of your job search or dating profile if it refers to something racy or inappropriate. On the flip side, being associated with a unique and attention-grabbing screen name is a great way to showcase your personality and create a memorable impression.
Indeed, screen name creation is probably more important than most of us realize. Don't fret, though! Below are a few ideas to help you score a terrific username.
Do you like the color purple, dinosaurs, candy, and the number 7? Something like SweetPurpleDinosaur7 will go a long way. Jot down a few of your favorite things and consider your job or career aspirations, favorite foods, celebrities, sports teams, movies... Just be creative!
Have you exhausted your lists of favorite things? Consider school mascots, your town, or other things relative to where you live and what you care about. However, be very careful not to give away too much information. Internet predators could potentially identify your location by your screen name. Something like SweetTexarkanaHighDinosaurGirl91 might seem innocent at first until you realize that it can probably be deciphered as a Texarkana, TX, high school girl who graduated or was born in 1991. On that note, maybe you should choose something specific that doesn't actually apply to you, for even more anonymity.