How did you decide on your handle?

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I did a search here and didn't notice the topic was already presented; if it is, just delete this one and refer me to the original, but I'm curious how everyone decided on their handle.

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When I first got a computer and internet access, I knew zero, zip, nada about computers and the internet other than how to sell computers. I started seeing stuff about people writing web pages on their own and this HTML stuff. So I did a google search and located a nice little tutorial at an adult community. It was a wierd community -- not all the normal porn and stuff you'd expect to find, but just a bunch of folks having a good time. I met some people and enjoyed myself, so I created a little handle Night Owl. After a few months of snooping around the place, I discovered if I registered a membership I could get my own little webspace and make a web site of my own. However, I found that an older member already had my Night Owl handle, so I sorta decided by default to use A True Night Owl (I was always up until the wee hours back then). Just to spruce it up a bit I added some tilde's to it so the actual handle was A True ~~~Night Owl~~~ ( I love owls and always thought the tilde's looked like wings).

What a pain in the ass to type in. The end result was that my friends started refering to me as ATNO, because they, obviously, also felt it was too much to type in. Hence the ATNO part.

Later on as I started developing my design skills another designer friend who had started a design help desk asked me if I would take it over. I agreed. He had already established a handle which I assumed - The Webmaster. This same friend is the one who I co-host our sports board with. He is like a brother to me (again, an amazing thing about this beautiful internet -- I've never even met him! *lol) Before long, people just started refering to me as TW.

Although I have one or two other small handles I use here and there, those have been the two that have meant the most to me, as both of them helped me progress to establishing a new career. Isn't the internet amazing?

So there you have it. That's how ATNO/TW was born. Just a compilation of my two favorite nicknames my friends have given me. For short I just go by ATNO -- I liked it so much I chose that for the name of my web domain http://www.atnoproductions.com (ATNO Productions).
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Well, for me it's like this.

My last name is Thys, that turned into Tisse as a nickname. Now, I have a brother and his friends started to call him that as well.

Since I was the real one, I had to change it so that became the real tisse. Since there are lots of sites that don't allow spaces (and the hotmail addy either for that matter) it became the_real_tisse.

VoilĂ 

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ps: just in case, apparently tisse means to pee in Norwegian, and yes, been made aware of that ;)
Guess I am the one and only real tisse :D
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Musik is German for music, and well I am a full on music fan and half German.

Mein Vater ist deutsch und meine Mutter ist Australien. Ich war in Australien geboren. :D
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I interpreted the first sentence (I think - I have about 75% German blood -- but don't know the language). I think you said:

My father is German and my mother is Australian.

Is the second sentence -"I was born in Australia"?

If I got that right?, I'm pretty happy with myself! *grins

P.S. Thank God for German music!
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yep you got that right! :D
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Cool! I be happy! (musik)
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Uh my first name is Brandon and my last name is Heyer and well the _ just looked cool.
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I had just watched a British comedy show and they had said "Schmeg". I thought it sounded funny and put a 007 at the end because I was 12 or 13 when I started using this handle.
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well I got this nickname because I break allot of things, tools, computers, stuff like that. I tried to get the handle destroyer, but somebody already had that on MSN, so I thought about it for a few minutes and came up with ModernDestroyer. Computers being modern stuff that I occasionally broke either intentionally or accidentally, usually playing quake 3 arena, I would die and then I would start pounding on the keyboard :twisted: If anybody walked in while I was playing quake 3 they would turn around and walk out :twisted:
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My name has multiple meanings.

One of the meanings is getting caught up with technology and how it seems that no matter how recent you get something another thing comes out that is better so it is pretty much like you are beta testing everything before they make it better.

And another meaning is basically like soul searching. It refers to looking within yourself and discovering who you are. If that still doesn't make sense, think of "lost" as not knowing who you are and "beta" as being the version of yourself that still needs fixing. Help at all?

Those are what my name means to me and why I chose it.
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It is nice to see many of you have cool meanings behind your names. My name really has no cool meaning. I simply grabbed them for practical purposes. I use Bigwebmaster as my handle because I own bigwebmaster.com. I chose bigwebmaster.com because I really wanted webmaster.com but of course that one was taken. So I then started looking for other website names with the word "webmaster". I liked BigWebmaster because Big is only three letters so the majority of the word is still webmaster. I have been to a few forums before where people start off criticising me because of my handle. They think I chose that name because they think I have an ego problem so they usually aren't too friendly with me at the beginning. One guy acutally came to my site and saw one of my scripts (guestbook script) and found every single problem with it just to prove that I was not the Big Webmaster. Its all good though :)
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I also think its great to see how people got their names. It's actually quite facinating. I've had so many over the years, they all tend to revolve around either 'musik' or 'maniac' lol
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They think I chose that name because they think I have an ego problem

well, don't you?? i agree with that 100% :twisted: :wink: hehehehe jk :P

i actually have to give some credit to bigweb for my identity (he might
dispute this, but i like my version of the story best ;)) --

I used to use a web design company name of iDezigns. However,
through a poor decision on my part to join forces in business with a
family member, the name was absorbed into his company. I'm a sucker
for change and new things, so it didn't really bother me too much to
find a new name. In fact, I welcomed it! I was excited to think of
something new because I had that name for a couple years anyway.

*flash forward - 9 months later*

ok, now i'm obsessed. this whole ordeal of finding a new name was
consuming me, and taking up a lot of my day's thinking time.

I still hadn't found a name that i was 100% happy with. I chose a few
and used them for a few months, but my thinking and brainstorming
never ended. I actually spent HOURS at a time some nights searching
and browsing sites for inspiration and name ideas. Bigwebmaster was
one of the people that actually participated in these exercises of futility
and frustration, and even then we could never seem to hit a homerun.

Well, at one point, I just decided to sit down and write out all the words
I liked in terms of computers, myself, and web design. After carefully
narrowing down to a few words, the word FLUX was there.
Quote:
flux (fluks) -
1. Constant or frequent change; fluctuation
2. A substance that aids, induces, or otherwise actively
participates in fusing or flowing


fusion was also one of my words. I like the idea of fusing different styles
and formats into a web design. I liked the sounds of construction the
word gives. so, i liked flux best, because it incorporated all these things
in a single word.

However, nothing I tried with the word flux was any good. In fact, I
actually gave up on it.

Then in a last-ditch, "this is the last time" effort, I went searching again.
I was chatting with Bigweb, and he was making fun of me for my lack of
a name, so he started rattling off a bunch of ideas that we had never
thought of before. The discussion turned into how we have worked
together for quite some time, and it would be cool if our names were
both noticeable and unique, but fit together well. So, i started using
the prefix un- on the list of words I liked. The idea came from his own
enterprise name of unmelted (which i always tell him i'm gonna take one day ;)).

I came to flux and said out loud UNFLUX -- BAM! -- it hit me that that
was it. no question, 100%, that was my name. All the philosophy I had
mulled over countless times in my obsession for an identity had just
exploded into one 6-letter word, and it was absolutely PERFECT.

UNFLUX - the only constant is change

it was time for me to settle on a name and stop changing. making it
permanent and forever = U N F L U X. It has a nice techy sound to it,
while having some dignity and stability. All of these things are important
to me, so I just knew that was it.

I've never even thought once about a different name - not once.
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well, my nick, kalbal

kalbal

kal-bal
my name is Martin Kelly, in my primary school my m8s kinda picked it out & now im stuck with it lol
"Kal" is from the "Kel"
"Bal" is from the fact im a bit tubby lol, it supposed to be kelbel, but looks better lol

on websites i have began yo use <<Nucleo>>...not on here tho cus u all know me as this, well, i picked nucleo cus it sounded cool, it just kinda popped into my head. i look on a google image search and found out nucleo was a comet. being named after a comet sounds pretty cool :D
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My handle is the one I always use and is just an abbrevation for my football team.

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Insane: What i do when i play the drums in my band

Mastermind: What i am NOT.

aka (IMadmin) - You might have thought that i was trying to act like 'I'M the admin' but it wasn't, it stood for 'Insane Mastermind Admin' just incase you didn't know!


then i also have Xenium

Xenium...well i just looked in a dictionary i am still not really satisfied with either of those so i still need to look. But from now on, I am most likely going to be calling myself Xeniumx. And put Xenium on my pictures and artwork and stuff like that. And sorry for so many friggen 'and' words that i used and im going to go bye bye and im out yeahh
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I write Grafetti! I use Cue as my tag! I like Cuerock (rock being just an ending.. e.g. CueONE, CueSTAR, KINGCue) the best!
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7 yrs ago, when i first started in chatrooms, i was a complete chatroom newbie, a bit like i am on here, didn't know anybody, or any of the slang etc ..

after a few hours, i got to know SOME of the then confusing 3, 4 + 5 letter phrases, being typed glibly by the ppl in that room, BUT only after much frustration by the other members in the room, with me constantly asking "what does that mean?", the phrase "lol" took me.

as it was one of the first words i knew, i started using it .. for EVERYTHING .. most of u probably know, that ppl in chatrooms, have nicknames for the other ppl in that chatroom.

So my nicknames went from my original aol name, to "lol queen", and then 2 "lol aholic", which then evolved into the name i use today

i still love lol now, altho, it's been somewhat overtaken by "pmsl" as my general purpose line ender :)
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mine is pretty damn simple, I use it for everything, email, forums, logins.....It's just my first name and the first 2 letters in my last name
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my neices name is shauna :D
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:lol: Alan was taken so had to settle for Alan2 and it stuck. :P
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yea, it even migrated across to msn lol
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Ok, I did a quick search for "name origins" and didn't see any other threads on this topic, but if it's been covered already I apologize.

Anyway, I see some interesting screen names here and am always curious to hear the story behind how that person came to pick that name. I'm sure there's more than a few that couldn't think of anything better and just put down a name. But, if you do have a story, what is it? I'll start:

Waaaaay back in 1997, i was sitting at my desk at work after hours surfing the web. I ran into Yahoo and wanted to set up an email account (it was so long ago, I still have a 6MB inbox instead of the newer 4MB inbox.)

So I'm sitting there trying to think of a screen name when I realized the album "The Yes Album" was playing in my cd player. Now, I'm a huge Yes fan, so I thought it would be appropriate to reference that somehow. The song that was on at the time was "I've Seen All Good People" (some of you old timers might remember that one!) One thing led to another, and I chose all_good_people@yahoo.com for my email. Ever since then, I've stuck with various versions of all good people whenever I've needed a user name. Sometimes there's spaces, sometimes there's underscores, sometimes periods. But it's always all good people.

Who's next?

mark

ps - now i've got that friggin' song stuck in my head :banghead: :lol:
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Mine username is very dry.

My name is so common that variations of my first and last name are almost always previously taken. Rather than having to remember a variety of username and password combinations for on-line accounts, I use my e-mail address (without the @ symbol). Its almost certainly guaranteed to be unique and I definitely won't forget it.

That just leaves remembering a pile of different passwords. :-(
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sorry allgoodpeople...I sorta beat you to it back in October:
http://www.ozzu.com/general-discussion/how-did-you-decide-your-handle-t1959.html

*grins

I'll merge this post with the old one in a bit when I have a little more time.

In the meantime, everyone continue at the original thread. I'll get these two there shortly, so you don't have to post them again.
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grinch2171: People say I look like the grinch when I smile and 2171 is my job code in the Marine Corps. Some places I am known simply as the grinch and everywhere else the 2171 is added.
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my name comes from a comedy thing I say on tv where the guy (Mitch something) said "I don't care if they are white black purple or green... purple or green? now you have to draw the line somewhere, TO HELL WITH PURPLE PEOPLE, unless they are choking, then help'em"
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well, my original handel was CaeruleusLux, which loosly translates to Dark Blue Light in latin, (although i convieniently forget about the blue part, so it becomes Dark Light...) and like with you ATNO/TW, ppl thpought it was to long, so it got shortened to Cae, which i still use...

Calendae, is a similar version of Cae, and i just like how it sounds, i have no idea where i found it, but someone told me a while ago that it means 'first' in latin as well (no i do not speak latin, i ask ppl and use dictionaries to figure this stuff out...)

well, thats the history of Calendae...
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My new version of my name.

How it came about:
I decided 'Insane Mastermind' was too long, and I didn't like it.
I also decided 'XeniumX' was just not right for me.
So then, I took a day or so, and thought, 'Hey! I like the radioactive elements! Why not use one of those!?!' So I did, but I changed one letter, and I pronounce it [PLOO-TON-E-UM]
I hope you like PluTunium!


Yes.. So that is how I came about 'PluTunium'
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PluTunium wrote:
My new version of my name.

... and I pronounce it [PLOO-TON-E-UM]
I hope you like PluTunium!



Glad you clarified that. Here all this time I've been pronouncing it PLOO-TOON-E-UM
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