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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.”

Call For Old Screennames


tumblinhottie05 (aka Yatta Zoker ’14wants your screenname. 


As part of a photo project, she is collecting (1) your screen name, (2) why you chose it an, (3) a picture of you from that time. Check it out on Facebook, or you can send her an email at yzoker@wes.

That haircut, those braces, those hats and pimples and generally painfully awkward moments, bring ’em out to shine. And reveal the early digital alias your tween year old self chose as the perfect fit for it all.

Contact yzoker[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Internet Club First Meeting

Ally Bernstein ’13 is totally seapunk, and she’s starting a new club:

What do U use the Internet 4? Doing email? AOL? Playing computer games? Searching for information? If that sweet dial-up sound is music to your ears, come discuss the World Wide Web with a group of like-minded “Netheads,” at the first meeting of Internet Club this Friday. Tons of Wesleyan students have “homepages,” use chat rooms and search for interesting tidbits. It’d be a pain to bring your personal computer to the meeting, but it’s easy to bring your enthusiasm for all things Internet! See ya Friday!

To quote the Argus, “People are finding that once they start playing around, it’s really easy to get the hang of it. You just click in and out of pages.”

Date: Today, December 7
Time: 5:00 pm
Place: 82 Lawn
Cost: Free