Many websites for singles are now being used by individuals looking to re-enter the dating scene, as well as individuals looking for potential marriage partners. Many of the sites require a fee to join, and after which you have paid, you can communicate with the other singles. A lot of the sites will display a picture of you along with your username when matching you with other singles. This basically serves as "Bait." If your username is exciting enough, the individual will bite the bait by clicking on your profile to learn more about you.
Choose a username that is catchy and attention grabbing. In essence, you are competing against thousands of other singles. For that reason, your should stand out above the rest, so much so that it encourages someone to want to know more about you. For example, "50andIndependent," "ClassicalMusicMan" or "SmartIntellectualChick" will stand out more than "ImJustMe."
Avoid picking a username that can draw the kind of attention you don't want. Usernames that are sexually suggestive or explicit should be avoided unless those are the types of individuals you want to attract.
Refrain from using your real name. Though you may perceive that the site is safe, you never know who might be browsing the site with ill intentions. Once an ill intentioned individual has your real name, he can easily find out more information about you than you care for him to know, including your home address and telephone number.