“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.
You just can’t go by “Britney__Tears,” “Daddyz Princess29,” or “Bread_Time,” to name a few (lightly modified) usernames it listed.
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But unlike Tinder, OKCupid encourages long profiles full of intimate details, including candid answers to questions about sex and politics.
Users might not feel comfortable sharing that information under a real name, especially if they’ve taken other steps to make themselves unsearchable, like using profile pictures that aren’t on other social media profiles.
OKCupid says it expects that the site won’t lose that openness.
“Normally when people introduce themselves via messaging they say for example, ‘hi, i'm Sean,’ instead of ‘hi, I'm sadclown4eva,’” the spokesperson says.