Safety on the Internets

heavier things

I’ve been internetting since the early 90s.  We had America Online (of course), and everything was so fresh and new that my screenname was RRW.

My initials.  RRW!?  Are you kidding me?  Can you imagine me trying to register on any website with RRW?  Any email address or vanity URL or log-in to any site?  Three letter initials probably haven’t been available since… well, since I registered as RRW@aol.com.

RRW here. Ready to chat about Babysitters Club books, chocolate ice cream, and birthstone earrings.

RRW here. Ready to chat about Babysitters Club books, chocolate ice cream, and birthstone earrings.

I used AOL to check out the encyclopedia, chat with people online about cool, innocuous things like my favorite movies, and click every single button on AOL until I found something that held my attention.

I found this commercial online, and not only do I remember it from the 90s, it made me totally nostalgic.

“My personal favorite, Live Chat. That’s how I met my new kayaking buddies.”


I also don’t buy for a second that homeboy was able to do all of those things before the game.  Waiting for a page to load was like ZZZzzz ZZZZZ for days.  Sidenote: I think I would have been a much better student if I had access to wikipedia.  KIDS THESE DAYS.

I remember that there wasn’t much implemented by way of parental controls back when I was trolling the internet as RRW.  One time I was in a chat room (“A/S/L?!” <—- creepiest ever), and an IM popped up.

“This is the AOL Security Team.  There has been a breach in your account.  Type in your password within the next three minutes or we will have to close your account.”

I gasped.  I clutched my candy necklace in terror.  SURELY I MUST GIVE THEM MY PASSWORD.  Thankfully, Lola was walking by the computer and saw my shocked-face.  She advised me to NOT enter my password (Those warnings were everywhere.  Warning: We’ll never ask for your password.) even though I was ready to type in R-R-W-1-2-3.

I know.  I’m like a vault.

Truthfully, us AOL kids were susceptible to scams and predators pretending to be fellow junior high girls and God knows what else.  A million years later, and I don’t think the internet is much better.  Jack and I monitor what the girls do on the internet – right now it’s games on the iPad or learning websites.  But before too long, they’re going to be old enough to want to surf the web and look up dinosaurs and email Lola.  “Lola, can we come over and watch all the TV?”

So now as parents, we have the added concern of internet safety, which is definitely a real thing.  (Chris Hansen, thanks for getting our backs, bro.)

I was introduced to CocoonKids for KlaasKids and I felt like it was a good fit to share with all y’all moms, dads, teachers, librarians, circus clowns, whatever’s clever.  Cocoon creates a safe space for kids on the internet without making things complicated for the grown-ups in the house.

It’s a simple (and free) plug-in that works with Firefox or Chrome.  Parents (or other responsible adults) can lock it in “kid mode” which ensures that kiddos ONLY browse a parent generated whitelist of appropriate websites.  This action is braaand new, so we can actually help create this white list.

More info for ya:
How to start white-listing (and adding websites you and your kids love!)
– A video from Marc Klaas (founder of KlaasKids, and father of Polly Klaas)

I think we’ve all seen way too many internet horror stories, so I’m really pleased to team up with a foundation that is committed to make the internet a safer place.  Plus, this is SO EASY.  You literally install a plug-in and then start approving websites.  Boom.

Think you’ll start white-listing?  What websites would you add?  (I’m adding starfall.com and PBS kids, to start.)

And also, I must know.  What was your AOL screenname?

RRW out.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  All opinions and sweet 90s gear are my own.

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  • Reply Leah Butler January 31, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Oh Jeez….I didn’t have an AOL screen name for long – it was on the way out when I was on the way into the internets (I didn’t get my first computer until I was like 24 years old).

    But, *hangs my head in shame* in the spirit of total disclosure: goofy_leah

    That’s right, a 24 year old woman who liked Goofy…the shame, the horrible, unsophisticated SHAME of it all. I will NOT admit to the matching (totally AWESOME) goofy shirt that I got when I went to Disneyland for the first time at age 21. What can I say? I had a horribly stunted childhood – no junkfood, no kid cereal, no cartoons, no primetime television until I was practically an adult…so I made up for it in my early 20s. I was practically AMISH.

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      Please tell me you still wear Goofy clothing. Please.

      • Reply Leah Butler January 31, 2013 at 3:18 pm

        I can’t admit to the horrific shame of still owning the referenced Goofy shirt, even though it is totally faded and paper thin, perfect for laundry day paired with a pair of ratty jeans with misc. paint spatters all over them. I cannot admit that on the grounds that I will incriminate myself. :-)

  • Reply Devon Rowe January 31, 2013 at 11:48 am

    My first AOL screen name was Devon642, and then it was Devers42…and the last one was Oooitsasnake. I miss all of them. aLL oF ThEm*~*

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 3:31 pm


      Wait wait wait.

      Is Oooitsasnake a reference from the Badger Badger Badger website?!

      • Reply Cassie January 31, 2013 at 8:58 pm

        IT HAS TO BE

      • Reply Devon February 5, 2013 at 9:23 am

        Yes of course! Ahhh ooooo its a snake!

  • Reply Sandi January 31, 2013 at 11:03 am

    SanErnie13. Because I liked Ernie–you know, from Sesame Street. So coooooooool.

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      Living on the edge!

  • Reply Jessica January 31, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Literally LOLed with “Clutched my candy necklace in terror. ” Classic. When AOL first came out, my little brother wanted to show my Grandpa how to get to Nike.com. Well he accidentally typed in Nicki.com and lets just saw it was NOT a shoe site. Grandpa was mortified and we were banned from AOL for a week. THANKS MATT.

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      Hahahahahaha NOOOOOOOOO!! Matt, how could you?

  • Reply Christina @ The Murrayed Life January 31, 2013 at 11:10 am

    oooh A/S/L, takes me back!! My friends and I were habitual screen name changers. It allowed us to have our multiple personalities in style I think. We had all of our friends on each list so whichever we decided to switch to we could chat with. Plus, if you didn’t want to talk to someone BAM! Just switch to a different name. The three I remember were moxluva (I was a big fan of James Van Der Beek in Varsity Blues), EdgarAndEdna (because, as said, multiple personality disorder. Seriously, my friends called me those names on the side. Straaaange cookies we were.), and QueenTeena43 which remained my “grown-up” one for a while. That touches about 3/50 or so. ;)

    And luckily my little guy isn’t even a year, but man! I’m already getting a bit nervous about not only the internet but how in the dang world you get kids to actually PLAY and keep off computers?!? I’m sure being a good role model helps some, but that’s just plain martyrdom right there! j/k j/k. Seriously though, it’s scary how much he already wants on.

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      Hahaha, yeah, I try really hard to limit screen time at our house!

  • Reply Rosie N January 31, 2013 at 11:10 am

    rana78. Because I love frogs. Lol I have kept that moniker for all my junk email accounts ever since :) I will totally check out the plug in! Way cool!

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      Okay, I’m totally lost! How does rana78 = frogs?

      • Reply Jessica January 31, 2013 at 3:26 pm

        “rana” means “frog” in spanish. Ole! :-)

        • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 3:33 pm

          The internet is a beautiful place.

          Thanks for schooling me, Jessica!

  • Reply Tara January 31, 2013 at 11:12 am

    The internets are scary these days for parents. I’m a first time mom (due with my baby girl in 21 DAYS!!!) and all the things I have to worry about are starting to hit me, even if they are years away. Ill love websites like this:)

    My screen name was bobara13…like the song “Tara Tara bobara…” Nice and clever I know:)

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      Congrats, Tara!!! :) Your little girl will be cruising on your phone before you know it!

  • Reply Amanda Taylor January 31, 2013 at 11:13 am

    ucallmebetty And my name isn’t even Betty! Hahaha!

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      You animal!

    • Reply Rebecca February 1, 2013 at 11:18 am

      And Betty when you call me, you can call me Al…

  • Reply Jen January 31, 2013 at 11:18 am

    wishonastar72. I apparently really liked stars.

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Aw, that’s cute, though!

  • Reply Natasha January 31, 2013 at 11:18 am

    giggles321. yep so kool. my besties was skittles. we still refer to each other as giggles and skittles and people act like we’re crazy. they’re jealous.
    Checking out that plug in asap – does it work for safari? our 8yo is obsessed with webkinz, AG live, and horseland. and there are TROLLS on there.

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      I think just Firefox and Chrome, girl!

      Awwww come on, Trolls. Leave Webkinz alone!

  • Reply Nicole January 31, 2013 at 11:21 am

    flippin44 here… I was big into gymnastics a la The Magnificent Seven. Unfortunately, that career didn’t pan out as I was taller than all my instructors by about 5th grade.

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      Dang it, I could have cheered you on at the Olympics or something.

  • Reply Jen January 31, 2013 at 11:21 am

    {little connecting starry thing from phone to computer, phone to computer, phone to computer, waiting, waiting, waiting…]

    talkinjb: A/S/L?
    creeppyoldfatwhiteguyinrandomchatroom: 16/M/ny u?


    That was my first AOL name. Later changed to bb5070j because that seemed cooler! haha

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      Hahaha how did we EVER remember anyone’s screennames? So many random numbers and letters!

  • Reply Katie Nelson January 31, 2013 at 11:26 am

    ktr99 so easy because my name is Katie, I thought spelling it KT was cool.

    I will totally white list, my son loves disneyjr and pbskids. he also likes discoverychannel/mythbusters, but they use so many potty words (crap, damn, hell etc) on their shows and have to ruin it for the kids that just like learning about explosions and gravity!

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      Hey hey KT!

      I didn’t know that about those shows. What a bummer!

  • Reply nicole January 31, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Elocin8214 — name backwards + birth year + birthday. boom.

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 3:28 pm


  • Reply Jessi January 31, 2013 at 11:34 am

    We watch Disney junior every day. Otherwise sometimes we head over to PBS Kids. Couple days ago we tried national geographic for kids but there’s still some videos of lions eating zebras, so we won’t go there too often.

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Dang it, National Geographic! No one wants to see that!

  • Reply Ashley January 31, 2013 at 11:44 am

    My first AOL name was Shimmer0906@aol.com. It was after a Dragon character in my favorite book. :)

    My 7yo loves Starfall and PBSkids and DisneyJr and NickJr and a site called Poptropica. Those are the only ones he is allowed on.

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Cute! You hyperlinked it and now I want to send you an email and watch it bounce back.

  • Reply Brittany January 31, 2013 at 11:46 am

    sktrmnky89. cause I was a skateboard obsessed monkey? it made sense back then… I think…

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Oooh yeah, loved the screennames with no vowels.

  • Reply Laura January 31, 2013 at 11:48 am

    dewstar123…after one of my favorite pokemon (dewgong). Yes.

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      I’m too old for Pokemon, but my little brother would high five you right now.

  • Reply Trista January 31, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I think it was Pokey12087. Pokey was the name of the beanie baby who shared my birthday, which is not 1/20/87, by the way.

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Beanie Babies. SO MUCH NOSTALGIA.

    • Reply Arlene February 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Bahaha that’s awesome– I was arlenelovesbeanies!

  • Reply Anne Taite January 31, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    10 FREE HOURS!
    That would last about 2 days in my house.

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      Haha, for real!

  • Reply Anna January 31, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I changed my screen name as often as I changed which boy I was going obsessively crush on. Some of my faves, annabananna288, bellabaybee288, summagal1017…uggh, I can’t even look at myself.

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      The shame!! Hahaha. :)

  • Reply Meredith January 31, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Omg, by the time my parents let me get an AOL screenname, it was a BIG deal, so I thought for days and days about what I wanted. I’m pretty sure my first choice was taken, but I totally rocked out Daydreamer106145 for years longer than I should have. I think I got a new one only because I was filling out college applications and you can’t put that email address on a serious document! lol

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      xXbabyGURL673862Xx reaaally wants to go to your college.

  • Reply Mary January 31, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    First, man, I loved Baby Sitters Club. Desperately. It’s possible I still own the Baby Sitters Club movie.

    I never had an AOL screenname, we lived in the sticks and AOL wasn’t an internet choice. My first yahoo name was flutter_by16. I was not 16. I just wanted to be cool. Once in high school I was in a Christian music chatroom (ooh, edgy) and everyone left because I said I thought DC Talk wasn’t as good as Audio Adrenaline because they didn’t play their own instruments. Oops, apparently that was controversial. I still stand by my statement though.

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      Claudia Kiiishiiiii! Mary Ann Spierrrrrrrr!

      Speaking of DC Talk, Toby Mac is turning 50. Just want to throw that out there.

    • Reply Alana February 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Well, DC Talk WASN’T as good as Audio Adrenaline. Sheesh. Haters.

  • Reply dumb mom January 31, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Dude. Mine was so lame: smallstheone. Right? What even is that? I know, but I ain’t telling. The Dudes are so happy this came along because previously they got my hot breath breathing over them while they did their online bidness. Which only lasted so long before I was all, ey, lemme get a turn, and they were sent back to the Lego table while I shot aliens and what not. Innovation changes lives.

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      Breathe a little easier, Mom. No more potty-mouthed Mario and Luigi.

  • Reply Amy @ drivethirtythree January 31, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I honestly can’t remember what my first screen name ever was from when we had a Mac Performa and AOL dial up. I DO know that when I got to college (still dial up..sweet!) my screename and email were crckhd@aol.com. My BF would call me crackhead (ahhh..pet names) and I thought what a genius idea for a screen name. I actually had it for a while after college till my Aunt pointed out that its probably not the best email address for resumes. doh!

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      Hahaha, thank God for your aunt. :)

  • Reply Lauren January 31, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    I was LSpence99. (Spencer was my name before I was a Mrs…) but the greatest screen name I ever used was Turkeyballs69. My freshman year of college, my best friend and I would get on AIM and harrass everyone we knew (it was near thanksgiving and apparently, there was nothing better going on…). They never knew it was us. The best was when they would ask, “Who is this, really?” and we would type Turk E. Balls. This went on for YEARS. Some people threatened to kill us in ALL CAPS and get all loud and flustered, and that was the BEST. For the past 7+ years, I’ve been wiping butts all day and sing the itsy bitsy spider on repeat, so I love thinking about Turk and all the fun of those days….

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      YOU’RE TURK!?

      Just kidding. But that’s hysterical!

  • Reply Juliana January 31, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I remember that commercial and I am pretty sure my dad saw that commercial and called the 1-800 number. I came home from school one day and he was all, “Hey I bought a computer and we have AOL. Your screen name is JFG395.” All of our screen names were our initials with our address. So original.

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      What? I can do ALL of these things on the internet? This is magic!

  • Reply Dacia January 31, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    My mom made up all of our screen names which consisted of our first name and 3-digit birth month and day – UGH, MOM!!! Even though I thought it was lame, it stuck with me like a bad habit so I actually think about my AOL screen name EVERY DAY when I check gmail because I wasn’t cool enough to think of something better to use.

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      Haha, probably better than something totally outrageous. :)

  • Reply Sarah January 31, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    webbunny101 here. I’m a fellow AOL 90s kid.

    I’m now a teacher and this plugin looks like a perfect way to keep my 5th grade boys off of YouTube. And also keep them from Googling “boobies”, which I know is just inevitable! :)

    Thanks for the tip!

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      Ahahahahaha oh man I am not jealous of that. :)

  • Reply Linsey January 31, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    star0609… it was 90% named after my cat, Star. I was so creative.

    I remember going into chat rooms was THE THING to do during sleepovers at my best friend’s house. We would spend hours talking to complete strangers and lying about our a/s/l.

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      I remember saying I was 13 when I was only 12. Such a rebel.

  • Reply Mandi January 31, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I had Luv2Dance89 and danceislife13 (though I’m pretty sure I wasn’t 13 yet. Among several others. I was one of those that had 64839277484 different screen names, and really can’t remember any of them. Haha

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      Holla at your girl, Luv2Dance89!

  • Reply Steph Reiner January 31, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Umm stephbell02 here. Because my name was Stephanie Bell and I was graduating in 2002. I was like asking for someone to steal my identity. Plus I remember being chatted up by creepers. “What are you wearing right now?” “Umm… jeans and a turtleneck. What are you wearing? This is a weird game.” I was sooo naive and I can’t believe my parents didn’t monitor our internet usage more… This seems like a pretty handy tool though for when Allie gets older. Babysitter’s Club for life!!!

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      “This is a weird game.”

      I’m dying. SO representative fo my AOL years. Thanks for that, Steph.

    • Reply Cassie January 31, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      I remember my first time in a chat room and people kept saying “asl” to me. I thought it was “chattalk” for “a**hole” and was mad they were calling me that for no reason.

    • Reply Kaelyn February 3, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      “This is a weird game.”
      I think I just died from laughing so hard. That was so me, but my experience was on myspace since I wasn’t allowed to get on aol chat because my mom thought I would run away with an old man… Because myspace was so different mom…

  • Reply Dacia @ Lemon Drop Life January 31, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Mine was ‘MizBeanie’ because I was the Beanie Baby queen, obviously. And it wasn’t embarrassing at all to write that as my e-mail address on college applications.

    • Reply Dacia January 31, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      OMG! You are the ONLY white girl I have ever met who shares my name – haha! Yay for weird names. FYI I pretty much hated mine my whole life until I became an adult and stop being teased about it. How about you?!

      • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 5:33 pm


  • Reply kaitlin January 31, 2013 at 3:59 pm


    and then I matured and was so embarrassed of my first screenname and changed it to “wiggleness.” ha.

    • Reply Roo January 31, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      Total upgrade!

  • Reply Danielle January 31, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    my AOL screename was sapphire1111, my two friends were ruby124 and diamondss4, we thought we were really cool. Also, none of those were our birthstones but they were really in circa 1993, as you already know.

  • Reply Julie January 31, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    jmswinny here.

    Initials + basketball nickname “swinny.” I remember chatting during typing class in my junior high computer lab before the teachers even had a clue.

    Also, this comments section seems more like a therapy session for all of us aol/msn users. “Hi, I’m jmswinny and I used a terrible screenname much longer than I should have.”

    • Reply Cassie January 31, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      I used “tiger eyez” forever. I saw “creaky sun” and thought it was the most amazing username ever, so I came up with tiger eyez. Thankfully I replaced it when I turned 18 and decided that I was embarassed to give people my email when I signed up for stuff in public. I still used it much longer than I should have.

      We all figured out that we could type a command into the menu in the start bar and a friend’s login name at school and a message would pop up on their computers. All they could do was click “ok” but it was pretty funny to send it to a random person and see them looking around trying to figure out who it was.

  • Reply Laura January 31, 2013 at 6:51 pm


    I was a girl. 13 was my favorite number. And popo means butt in German. My friend and I who had the same (real) name in middle school somehow each ended up with the nickname po. Long story I guess…

  • Reply Cassie January 31, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    When I was a preteen/teen I did stupid stuff like meet strangers off of the internet. Thankfully nothing bad ever happened, but it makes me extra nervous when my 10 year old niece and her 12 year old cousin get online in chat rooms and where people are “cybering” and whatnot. Whatevs, not my kid, but you can bet I’m over their shoulder like, “WTF GET OUT OF THERE YOU CAN’T GIVE PEOPLE YOUR ADDRESS!”

    My oldest turns 4 in 2 weeks, so I’m not too worried about the computer right now since she thinks that everything should be touch screen and can’t work a mouse (good or bad? I figure things tablets will be in school by the time she gets in Jr. High). She plays on her LeapPad and on my iPad most of the time.

    For the record, starfall is amazing. I’m student teaching in a Head Start room right now and the whole center uses starfall!!! I was so mad when I went to get the apps on my iPad and you had to buy them all individually for a few bucks each. No thanks, we’ll just get on Safari for that :)

  • Reply Kala M. January 31, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Oh AOL how I sometimes miss thee. I guess I’ll own up to it, my AIM username was westernboychaser. Yeah I had a bit of a thing for cowboys. LOL.

  • Reply Patricia January 31, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    First I was mmtrgfmgzz which are the intials of the members of Marilyn Manson in 1998. Then I was PrinsessTq, CndlGrvyrd and then when they allowed longer SNs I was Candle Graveyard and then about 2002 or 2003 I made Velvet Frogg my name and have stuck with that one. Though I still use the PrinsessTq and candle ones sometimes for things. I still use AIM! And I refused to use a name if it was taken and they suggested it with numbers or whatever. I did PrinsessTq bc PrincessTq was taken, only time I had to not go with my first choice.

  • Reply Jennifer Laura January 31, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    I was jennifenifer….they see me rollin

    • Reply Roo February 1, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      DEY HATIN!

  • Reply Heidi February 1, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I was (and still Am) romanweel. How did I come up with that? No idea. But you know what? It’s always available! Imagine that! Don’t be gettin any ideas, now.

    I’d whitelist wimp.com. Have you seen it?? It’s all the viral YouTube videos that are kidsafe. Like everything on there has been through a screening process. No comments allowed, no ads. I love it.

  • Reply Rebecca February 1, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Luna1978 – because my zodiac sign is, like, Cancer, and that’s, like, the moon. I am *not* any of the Luna 1978s out there — when I was in college, I changed to first initial/middle-name so that when I was applying to internships/jobs, it would seem more grown up. And (funny story) because I figured if I got married, I could keep my email because it was my middle and not my last name. But it was kind of confusing, so when I did get married (YEEEEEEEEEEEEEARS later), I just changed my primary email to first name.last name (by then at Gmail).

    Also, I’m old enough that my first email account was through my then-local newspaper. And it was a family email account. And my parents let me hang out in a chat room. Without supervision. At age 15. That took weeks for each page to load because people had profile pictures/avatars. My profile picture was a picture of Shania Twain, but my handle was the name of a song by a an alternative rock band.

    • Reply Rebecca February 1, 2013 at 11:34 am

      **funny story wasn’t that funny, I just think it’s funny that at age 20, I was worried about my surname changing and having to change my email account like it was some huge deal, and then did anyway. I blame all those pinnings, lavalierings, and engagements in my sorority.

  • Reply Rebecca February 1, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Mine was ‘mightyreader’ because, ya know, I liked to read…mightily? It’s funny because it still pops up from time to time. Someone calling from a political campaign evidently called my parent’s house, spoke to my mom, and they asked if her email address was still mightyreader@aol.com! She was like, uuuuuh no. Haha!!

    • Reply Roo February 1, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      Mightyreader, I love it!

  • Reply Lauren February 2, 2013 at 10:40 am

    skeetshot83 – Because I went skeet shooting approximately one time. And, as a shout-out to all the ’83 babies out there. Holla!

  • Reply Raylene February 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Mine was tikka_pink tikka means ‘dot’ in Maltese, and a guy friend (who I may or may not have been crushing on at the time….) called me that because I’m short and friends have always made a big deal out of it (I’m 5’11”). No idea why I’d added on ‘pink’ since I’ve never liked the colour!!

  • Reply Kristi February 4, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Ducky122. There was a new Babysitters Club spin off series that came out called The California Diaries and Ducky was the only boy. I was totally crushing. Amazingly, there were already several Ducky + series of numbers handles out there, so I had to go with what AOL generated. When I got tired of that, I went with “mmcleoismyhero” because at the time there were all these fortune telling infomercials playing 24/7 and I thought I was being funny.

    Sidenote: remember how hard it was when you wanted to change your screen name? You had to let everyone know in advance and then give them a week to make the switch. And there was always THAT KID that changed their screen name twice a month and then got mad because you were like “hi….who is this?” when the IM popped up.

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  • Reply Paulina J! February 20, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Gosh I can’t remember. “I clutched my candy necklace in terror” Best. Line. Ever. You’re awesome. Glad i can finally catch up on my reading.

  • Reply Jillian L July 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Ok, I know this post is old but had to chime in. Can’t resist reminiscing about ye olde AOL days. My first aol screen name was nightsparkle24. As I got older (um yeah… Awkward email on a resume, even if I was in HS), when one of my aunts mentioned my email she was like… Well, I didn’t want to say anything then but I’m pretty sure that’s a basically a stripper name. Haha. Official stripper alias… Everyone had one right? Too bad my next sn wasn’t much better- angelgal8901. Ha!

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