Study: AOL Screen Names, When Combined With Old Photos, Produce Humorous Effect

Now you can relive your awkwardest Internet glory days on livejournal MySpace Tumblr.

Jesse R-S '13: "'My Little Needle' was a song by the Alkaline Trio, my favorite band in 5th grade. I presume it's about heroin."

Jesse R-S ’13: “‘My Little Needle’ was a song by the Alkaline Trio, my favorite band in 5th grade. I presume it’s about heroin.”

Last month, Yatta Zoker ’14 (screen name: ” tumblinhottie05″) launched a Facebook event (the all-capsed “OMG I JUST REALIZED I DON’T HAVE YOUR SCREEN NAME“), began soliciting fellow WesKids’ AOL screen names and corresponding photos, and inadvertently set off a wave of contagious AOL nostalgia (nostAOLgia?). The submissions came flooding in, and with them torrents of comments, likes, and general look-back-and-laugh hilarity. Naturally, the results are worthy of archiving on Tumblr, and Zoker has finally gotten around to putting one together: “hey, what’s your sn?” If you missed all the fun, you can still submit your own screen name to the Tumblr via this link.

“I’ve always thought of old screen names as a hilarious insight into people’s past pysches,” Zoker explained to me in an IM email. “The Facebook event was initially meant to be the start of an archival project for my Photo II class, but it didn’t fly as fine art. Smh. Regardless, it’s been a blast. Screen names are such a beautiful display of the struggle for tweens to create identity. Also, mostly, lol.”

In the meantime, we’ve compiled some of the highlights below (leaving out last names, because no one wants this crap showing up on Google). Relive your awkwardest Internet moments below, and for more AOL nostalgia, check out “your away message.”

Alma '14: " I had two first there was almipooh13, which was also my yahoo email and then when that one got embarrassing or something I switched to hehedotcom, which was somehow less embarrassing? I don't know."

Alma ’14: ” I had two first there was almipooh13, which was also my yahoo email and then when that one got embarrassing or something I switched to hehedotcom, which was somehow less embarrassing? I don’t know.”

Evita ’14: “Well obviously it was Purplefruitfly. I honestly cannot tell you how I got to this name, though I definitely thought that it was really cool and funny. It has absolutely no logical origin, though I believe my mother may have had a hand in the inspiration. I definitely had a great-looking profile, though.”

Sydney '13: "browngirl757, books247, (and there was oneee more that was hilarious that I cannot remember now but it ended with x3). I was brown and a girl. (pretty sure blackgirl757 was already taken.) I liked books. And the other one that I can't remember was definitely much more alternative and "scene"."

Sydney ’13: “browngirl757, books247, (and there was oneee more that was hilarious that I cannot remember now but it ended with x3). I was brown and a girl. (pretty sure blackgirl757 was already taken.) I liked books. And the other one that I can’t remember was definitely much more alternative and “scene”.”

Sarah ’13: “Shackles91. I was really into xmen… #mystique”

Henry '13: "pizzabagles9. because if you don't like bagel bites you can get the hell out if this country! and also 'bagels' is hard to spell sometimes. and also 9."

Henry ’13: “pizzabagles9. because if you don’t like bagel bites you can get the hell out if this country! and also ‘bagels’ is hard to spell sometimes. and also 9.”

Nick '12: "sambal89.  '89 is a birth year thing. sambal is a shrimp paste thing. i reckon i was really into food? who knows."

Nick ’12: “sambal89. ’89 is a birth year thing. sambal is a shrimp paste thing. i reckon i was really into food? who knows.”

"criminyjimjim.I wanted something without numbers. Exhausting all options, I chose a funny interjection from an episode of Spongebob."

Michael ’13: “criminyjimjim. I wanted something without numbers. Exhausting all options, I chose a funny interjection from an episode of Spongebob.”

Chloe '13: "munchONcarrotz. i really liked horses, hence the carrots reference. i had to play with the spacing and added the "z" so that i wouldn't have to pick up numbers at the end."

Chloe ’13: “munchONcarrotz. i really liked horses, hence the carrots reference. i had to play with the spacing and added the “z” so that i wouldn’t have to pick up numbers at the end.”

Daniel '13: "semi-awesome. it was (and, i believe, continues to be) an accurate evaluation of my merits as a human being."

Daniel ’13: “semi-awesome. it was (and, i believe, continues to be) an accurate evaluation of my merits as a human being.”

Christina '13: "tinabobina345. obvious name associations/ it sounded cute to me at the time/ I really wanted a cool nickname."

Christina ’13: “tinabobina345. obvious name associations/ it sounded cute to me at the time/ I really wanted a cool nickname.”

Madi '13: "hollandnotdutch. Because my last name is Holland and I'm not Dutch. Not even a little bit."

Madi ’13: “hollandnotdutch. Because my last name is Holland and I’m not Dutch. Not even a little bit.”

Ben '12: "Californiahigh13.  It was a song by the first band I was in. It didn't make any sense to most people since I'm from Connecticut and we played 2 shows. So most people thought it was a reference to the OC."

Ben ’12: “Californiahigh13. It was a song by the first band I was in. It didn’t make any sense to most people since I’m from Connecticut and we played 2 shows. So most people thought it was a reference to the OC.”

Maggie '13: "Scarletedge0142. It was a hand-me-down from my cool next-door neighbor Nicole, I guess because I couldn't figure out how to make my own? I used it for many years and when people asked what it meant, I'd generally just try to say something vague and mysterious because I didn't know."

Maggie ’13: “Scarletedge0142. It was a hand-me-down from my cool next-door neighbor Nicole, I guess because I couldn’t figure out how to make my own? I used it for many years and when people asked what it meant, I’d generally just try to say something vague and mysterious because I didn’t know.”

Katherine '14: "thecunningpig. my best friend from elementary school called me pig, cunning was my favorite word at the time"

Katherine ’14: “thecunningpig. my best friend from elementary school called me pig, cunning was my favorite word at the time”

Christina '13: "buildingawhale. i'm pretty sure i just wanted a "unique" screen name and to make some obscure reference cause i wanted to be super indie rock. it's the title of a velvet teen (a band from my hometown) song."

Christina ’13: “buildingawhale. i’m pretty sure i just wanted a “unique” screen name and to make some obscure reference cause i wanted to be super indie rock. it’s the title of a velvet teen (a band from my hometown) song.”

Shivani '14: "rubberducky22207. i was into rubber ducks i guess/22207 is my zipcode and i thought that was a good thing to share on the internet (?) "

Shivani ’14: “rubberducky22207. i was into rubber ducks i guess/22207 is my zipcode and i thought that was a good thing to share on the internet (?) “