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?