Our first AOL screen names have gone the way of the Tamagotchi, Furby, and Aaron Carter -- but like many turn of the century fads, some people have held onto them as nostalgic keepsakes.
A recent Reddit thread asked users to post their original AOL screen name, and the results felt like a blast from the dial-up past. Names we all probably thought were cool and edgy 15-20 years ago, now just look like a dated assortment of alpha-numeric nonsense. Like sk8rb0y8, zCrlyGrlyz, or buffyvamp5586.
It got us thinking, what did our own initial AOL screen names look like? And what was the reasoning behind them?
Personally, I was in middle school when a friend taught me the secret to the perfect AOL screen name. She said take your favorite celebrity's name and drop their last name, any vowels, or double consonants (Billy Joel became Bly.) Next take your gender without the vowel (boy became by,) and throw on your favorite number (2.)
While old AOL screen names may be funny or strange, according to Politico, a number of prominent personalities like David Axelrod, Matt Drudge, and Ann Coulter have kept their AOL.com names because there is a quirky prestige attached to them. According to Vulture, Paul Rudd, Judd Apatow, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, and Sarah Silverman are all still using their AOL screen names.
We want to know your first AOL screen name! Leave us a comment and let that nostalgia really set in.