But I guess I can just block.” That concern — of being unable to realize when someone is frequenting your profile to an alarming extent — carries over to the comments on Ok Cupid’s blog post from yesterday.
But the most resounding and vehement response from customers is that this is just a thinly-disguised money grab.
But it’s not requiring legal names — “for instance, if your legal name is Elizabeth but everyone calls you Liz or Ellie, we're not going to allow this.” Still, some users are unsurprisingly upset.
A few recall meeting people specifically because they had interesting usernames, and others worry that their unusual first names will expose their identity, making them vulnerable to stalking or harassment.
“Like the recent goodbye we said to AIM screen names, it’s time to keep up with the times,” the post says.
“We hope that you can instead use your profile to give people an insight into your interests, rather than a made-up monicker.” Users will need to update their profile with real names, although OKCupid doesn’t say anything about verifying identities, and the signup page currently only asks for a first name.
And as of today, that change has been implemented across both Ok Cupid’s website and smartphone apps.
Now they have launched him into the world of online dating in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the rejuvenation of his species.
Romeo was found on an expedition to the Bolivian cloud forests led by biologist Arturo Muñoz 10 years ago. “But unfortunately, we didn’t find any other individuals in the wild.” Since his discovery, Romeo has inhabited an aquarium in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
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.