Back in the 90’s, my bounced between several internet providers mostly AOL and Earthlink. AOL provided an experience where everything was self-contained, clean, polished, and censored, while Earthlink provided speed and none of the flash. I liked both services for different reasons, but one of my favorite parts of AOL was the ability have multiple usernames. My father always had the master username (he was paying the bill after all) and then the other four were left to my own devices. I’d make multiple accounts usually named after one of my interests at the time and after I grew bored with that, or found something else I wanted to celebrate my fandom of, I’d kill that username off and start a new one.
I always had a sort of “Main” username though. This was the username that my friends usually knew me by. I’d sometimes hang onto this name for years at a time, before deciding eventually to commit internet suicide.
Internet suicide was a process where I just erased everything and started all over. I’d email myself a list of my favorite bookmarks and then just delete the account. It took a little while, but eventually I’d be resurrected with a new online persona and no baggage.
I enjoyed this constant reinventing of myself and have tinkered with it off and on for years. I’ve attempted to change my email address and start all over, but no matter what I just can’t pull the trigger on divorcing Google completely. I hope that one day I can finally put to rest my old screenname to rest.
The past few weeks, I’ve been shutting down my social media accounts and committing social media suicide. My plan was to bounce back with new accounts, but it just hasn’t happened yet. One reason is that I’m really sick of social media. The other reason is I haven’t come up with a good new screenname.
I cut Facebook down to just Messenger, then I shut down Twitter, and then finally Instagram. Will I be back? I have no clue. For now, I’m just focusing on my blogging and I’m much happier with this.