AOL Screenname Memories
I remember when I got America Online for the first time. I was in second grade and acquired the coveted CD Rom disk from my best friend’s dad. We were the first two kids in school who had it. This was before AOL was called AOL, before it offered unlimited use, before cable modems, hell, it was before Buddy Lists existed!
Yes, I realize I’m totally dating myself here.
Anyways, AOL was the coolest thing ever back then and your screenname said a lot about you. Especially to all those random “friends” you made in the AOL chatrooms. You know you joined me in “I Love Nickelodeon 65″; don’t lie.
I changed my screenname more often than I changed my clothes (I was a little tom boyish back then…and changing my SN wasn’t a big deal when I had 2 friends online). First it was SpiceGrl321, then Whateva321, then DiamondBaby. Then I had TenTap for awhile. It was a combination of my favorite pastimes – tennis and tap – as well as an online best friend necklace with my two besties who had TenDan (tennis and dance), and TenAno (tennis and piano). We were so cool.
In highschool – when my BFFs became BFNs (best friends for never) – I switched it up to something a little more mature that I knew I could hold onto for awhile. Because, you know, BeanieBaby1000 would be a little embarassing for anyone over the age of 12.
I’ve been talking to some friends lately and reminiscing on our old AOL days and everyone has the same story as me. Embarassing screennames, family screennames (remember when you had to share with your parents and the name was some weird combo of all your initials?), and the constantly evolving screenname.
I just want to know: what were your old school, embarassing AOL names?
Do you still use the same one?
Has your BSB4Ever@AOL.com email address hindered your job hunt?
Share it all in the comments below.