How to create an AIM persona as a teenager in 2003 that you will be stuck with well into adulthood.
I. Choosing a screen name
Choosing a screen name is essentially deciding who you want to be for the next decade, six months, or twenty minutes (just long enough to anonymously fuck with your ex’s ex).
Your personality lies within the core of your screen name. A basketball player? BBaLLeR. A dancer? DaNCe. A club kid? XtaScY. Why are we typing LiKe tHiS? Because we’re l33t and not n00bs.
If you’re not a fan of the uppercase, lowercase method, you’re probably over 13 and should choose two “deep” words and combine them to create your ideal screen name. For example, ‘existentialmodernism’ or ‘espressodefacto.’ If you choose this model, don’t even think of capitalizing. And if you were considering an ALL CAPS screen name, it’s likely you’re someone’s dad. Step aside and let your kid create their own embarrassing internet presence.