When AOL was the new “it” thing, I was in the second grade. Little did I know that my life would become so dependent on one of these machines when I sat down across the computer monitor for the first time. My mom and my brother sat beside me, informing me of where and what I could browse on in my little homepage. I was on the Kids settings, so my page was protected from pretty much everything.
But before I could move any further, I had to make a screenname. All that needs to be said about myself in as little amount of characters as possible. My eight year old brain was short-circuiting. How could I possibly sum myself up in just 16 characters or less?!
I ended up choosing the first one my mom thought up: Rugrats901.
Oh, to be a child in the 1990s…
As I became more tech savvy, I started to fiddle with my screenname almost weekly. But, by no means did my screennames improve cleverly or originally. Here’s a list of a few other screennames I shudder to think I came up with for myself in the past:
- AlLsTaRkId215 (Yes, I was one of those assholes who typed like that thinking it was ~cool~)
- xLoVesxSuIcIdEx (I had a “mall punk” phase.)
- Ridethewindx (I also had an 80s hair band phase.)
Fortunately AIM is dead, and my usernames nowadays I will usually just adopt variations of my full name, but I still can’t help but laugh at some of those stupid screennames I thought were so hip and fun back in the day.
What are some screennames that you had in the past? What are some of the funniest/dumbest/most unique screennames you’ve ever seen. (The best one I’ve seen was probably “Drnuckinfuts83.”