Screename shame: Screen name disasters from the early Internet

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Well before we all learned the importance of a professional online presence, our instant messenger chat names told a lot more about our likes and interests than we ever could. Nothing made your innocent adolescent self tremble more than seeing a message pop up on your screen from “hottie63.” Let’s all just be thankful that our AIM names aren’t stuck with us for life like bad tattoos.

Allison Bychowski

Allison Bychowski

Allison Bychowski, aka “CapitanOaty” “Oh gosh! I had so many! I guess my main user name was ‘CapitanOaty.’ My friends used to call me that. I don’t really know why. It was the name of a character in a TV show. The character was a horse, and I am terrified of horses, so I guess that’s why.”

Reshea Stegall

Reshea Stegall

Reshea Stegall, aka “ORLYLVR23” “So embarrassing. I loved Orlando Bloom when I was like 11 or 12, and I read a biography on him that said everyone growing up called him Orly. Nothing is more embarrassing than people thinking you liked X-rated activities at 12.”

Mark Lemke

Mark Lemke

Mark Lemke, aka “tennisplayer96” “I don’t really have an embarrassing one. It was always something like ‘mark.lemke.’ I was always taught to have really professional emails and stuff growing up. Oh wait! I did have one! I played tennis—a lot of tennis. It was essentially my life, so I took on the persona of a tennis player. It was ‘tennisplayer96.’ ‘96 is the year I was born.”

James Kroeger

James Kroeger

James Kroeger, aka “86jkrockstar” “Easy. 86 was my pewee football number and I was REALLY into metal.”

 

 

 

Yahaira Jacquez

Yahaira Jacquez

Yahaira Jacquez, aka “yajirababee” “People thought that the last word was like ‘baby,’ and it wasn’t—it was just babe. It’s still embarrassing because it’s on certain pages. I don’t want people to think I was trying to be sexy or something. It’s just really awkward now.”

Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Brian Smith Jr., aka “B_RI_Smitty” “My last name is Smith, so friends and teammates called me ‘Smitty.’ They still do; the nickname kinda stuck.”

Jerome Edison

Jerome Edison

Jerome Edison, aka “Skimmer3,” “Mauijerome,” and “jbone69” “I had a lot! I used to live in Hawaii when I was little, and I was always skimboarding. I skimboarded all the time. Like a lot! Then I changed it to ‘Mauijerome,’ and then I changed it to ‘jbone69,’ my football team called me ‘j-bone’ but I added the 69 to it, but I never actually used it.”  

Lucas DeSimone

Lucas DeSimone

Lucas DeSimone, aka “Cheezitlvr” “I’m not even embarrassed! I loved Cheez-Its. Still do! So you know, I was going to have that as my screen name!”

Forest Holland

Forest Holland

Forest Holland, aka “Gumpy77” “Kids on my baseball team called me ‘Gumpy.’ You know, like Forrest Gump? And, 7 was my favorite number, but that was taken, so I used 77.”

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