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#tbt: My First Username

Next time you complain about how slow the UCLA Wi-Fi is, think about this: We ’90s kids survived the dial-up internet era. Remember this sound? That right there is the sound of childhood. Ten minutes of this scratchy connecting and an excited, “You’ve got mail!” later, you would finally be online.

Back then, anyone who was anyone had an AIM and Myspace account. We tAlKeD lIkE tHiS, spelled the word “cool” k-e-w-l and made our smileys with noses. : – ) However, the true manifestation of our middle school sass and “individuality” was expressed in the form of our usernames.

If you lived under a rock in middle school, don’t despair. Here’s how to create a basic username:

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 1. Pick your favorite noun.

2. Throw an adjective in front of it.

3. Change any o’s to zeros and add z’s for extra pizazz.

4. End with your birth year or favorite number.

But wait! Does someone else already have that username? Don’t worry – just like in algebra, you solve this problem by adding x’s to each side. Ta-da!

 

 

 

These students’ throwback usernames probably won’t make it into the “ontact me” sections of their resumes, but you know what they say: “You never forget your first!”

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Ty Lee

Second-year human biology and society student

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Michelle Sun

Second-year molecular, cell and developmental biology student

 

 

 

 

 

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Lizeth Carrillo

First-year microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics student

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Frank Liu

Second-year economics student

 

 

 

 

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Isaac Nelson

Third-year geography and environmental studies student

 

 

 

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Matt Mercado

Third-year geography and environmental studies student

 

 

 

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Willie Guardado

Second-year undeclared student

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How embarrassing was your first username? Comment below or tweet us at @dbmojo.

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