There are a few people online whose ubiquitous usernames I’ve always wondered about.
For example: Jeremy Keith is “Adactio”. I have no idea what that word means. A quick internet search reveals no hints. Even ChatGPT has no idea.
What about you? Where did your online handle come from?
I bought my domain
jim-nielsen.com because the hyphen-less
jimnielsen.com was already taken by some guy who wasn’t using it but didn’t want to sell it to me.
That was when I realized trying to land-grab
jimnielsen on every future social site would be a struggle with all the other (imposter) Jim Nielsens in the world.
So I decided a more distinct username for my online accounts was in order.
patinar15 was my first email username — because I was 15, liked to skateboard, and learned in middle school Spanish class that “patinar” meant “to skate”. But I needed something more…grown up.
When I started my first “real” web design job out of college, a co-worker started calling me "jimmyniels". Then one day, when faced with the “Choose a username prompt” for some website, I thought “jimmyniels, that seems pretty unique…” So I punched that in and voilà: unique!
But then I thought, “Nobody has called me ‘jimmy’ since I was a toddler.” So I thought “Drop the ‘y’. It’s cleaner.”
And thus was