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The Eternal Shame of Your First Online Handle

Today, humans stake online claims to their real-life names before they can even form words or survive outside the womb. If only we all were so lucky.

"The other day I made a comment on someone's blog and I noticed I was the only one that put my online pseudonym into the name field," MetaFilter founder Matt Haughey once wrote of the changing nature of online self-identification. Haughey had found himself the lone alias in a field full of real-life, first-and-last-named commenters. "This is one of those moments when you notice you're becoming a dinosaur," he wrote.

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