Our Lifestyle Editor Amanda Hess today delves into the haunting recesses of people’s embarrassing internet histories with “The Eternal Shame of Your First Online Handle”:

 
Those of us who came of age alongside AOL must contend with something even more incriminating than a lifelong Google profile: A trail of discarded online aliases, each a distillation of how we viewed ourselves and our place in the world at the time of sign-on. The dawn of the Internet was an open invitation to free ourselves from the names our parents gave us and forge self-made identities divorced from our reputations IRL.
So how did I choose to define myself in this new world? I booted up my parents’ modem and launched head-first into online forums with an alias inspired by my cat’s name. 

 
Ouch! Can you remember your first humiliating handle?
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Our Lifestyle Editor Amanda Hess today delves into the haunting recesses of people’s embarrassing internet histories with “The Eternal Shame of Your First Online Handle”:

Those of us who came of age alongside AOL must contend with something even more incriminating than a lifelong Google profile: A trail of discarded online aliases, each a distillation of how we viewed ourselves and our place in the world at the time of sign-on. The dawn of the Internet was an open invitation to free ourselves from the names our parents gave us and forge self-made identities divorced from our reputations IRL.

So how did I choose to define myself in this new world? I booted up my parents’ modem and launched head-first into online forums with an alias inspired by my cat’s name. 

Ouch! Can you remember your first humiliating handle?

Read more on GOOD →

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  1. neonbender reblogged this from good and added:
    Nanook7, named after a Beanie Baby. There seem to still be a lot of Nanook7s on the interweb that are not me.
  2. treatyoselfartie reblogged this from good
  3. rkb reblogged this from good and added:
    maniacs@uclink.berkeley.edu when I was a 20-year-old diehard 10,000 Maniacs fan…before I even know wtf the internet was!...
  4. momspissed reblogged this from good and added:
    This article is really funny for lots of reasons, largely because I love coming up with online handles. My friend Bri...
  5. channingkennedy reblogged this from good and added:
    [this is not a photo of me; I was never this cool.] My first online experiences actually weren’t even on “the internet”...
  6. seetomato reblogged this from good and added:
    REBLOG WITH YOUR FIRST AOL SCREENAME slksing (my initials and thing I liked to do)
  7. bethcunningham reblogged this from good and added:
    I can’t remember, but now I wish I could!
  8. somuchdependsupon reblogged this from good and added:
    Oh goodness. My first email address was “schnickerdo.” This was followed quickly by “tobias62” (I was a big Animorphs...
  9. door reblogged this from good and added:
    PiperDC628 on AOL. DC because it is basically my hometown, 628 is my birthday, and Piper is the name of Gillian...
  10. shooknotstirred reblogged this from good and added:
    The first name I ever used for anything, and the only one I used until this Tumblr was sk8erj5. I chose that signing up...
  11. somethinglickedthiswaycums reblogged this from good
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  14. indieless said: petstea. my brother made it up for me. i was shocked i still remembered it actually….
  15. ybot said: yes I can. “thenoodle.” not nearly as bad as it could have been… way to go, young me
  16. brandonweight reblogged this from good and added:
    My first username: bjskooterz76. Razor Scooters were it, and I think the 76 was borrowed from my Neopet. Yeah, get at...
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