Find user names on dating sites

“It’s a terrible idea and makes it less safe for people, especially those who are already more vulnerable, like queer and trans people, and people who aren't 'out' about being on dating sites, for whatever reason, and women.” When the Vancouver native was active on the site she used a made up moniker.

“I would not tell people my full real name until we'd been connecting for long enough that they felt safe. If the messages seemed weird I simply didn't respond to them.

Apparently there’s a big pet friendly following with 888,124 people using the words “cat” or “cats” in their names, and 138,246 people using the word “dog.” Other names like “sexy” appeared in 221,229 usernames; “lover” came up in 157,553 and the word “horney” showed up in 16,411.

Ok Cupid, which started up in 2004, has an estimated 1 million active users today and is the third rated most popular dating app on the market, according to data research website

On Plenty of Fish, you used to be able to search by POF username right from the top of the website and app.

That feature has since been hidden and then removed, unfortunately.

SEE ALSO: Breaking this stereotype will make your online dating match much more likely to respond Some also feared that profiles with real names attached revealing answers to extremely personal questions could also be seen by colleagues or employers. Your profile, with answers to hundreds of extremely personal questions, will now have your real name attached. — Catherynne Valente (@catvalente) December 22, 2017 After some backlash, OKCupid clarified its policy in the blog post saying users do not have to use their legal name, and could use the name, nickname or initials they wanted to be known as on the site.

It is still possible to search by POF username, though, with this hack: Simply open this link and type in the username you’re looking for. Photofeeler tells you how you’re coming across in pics — if you look attractive, smart, trustworthy, fun, confident, and more.

Ok Cupid wants people to get real about finding love.

And veteran dating site Match.com, which started in 1995, gives users the option to login with Facebook when signing up for a profile, but people can still use vague usernames. “Anything that gives people a real name with a real profile that’s accurate is going to assist the dater with not getting burned or scammed.

Dating experts believe that having users reveal and verify who they are is a good thing for people trying to find a life partner online. Verifying identity gives the user a sense that they’re indeed speaking with the user they are seeing online.” Winter doesn’t think Ok Cupid’s new policy is effective because it eliminates usernames without actually requiring people to say who they are or link their social media profiles, so you could just be meeting a million generic “Steves.” “There should be a verification process to eliminate catfishing.

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