Okay I need to know the truth here. Be honest: have you ever Googled yourself?
My teammates and I were doing that earlier, just for kicks. Obviously, doing a search with my name will give you this site as the number one result, followed by my Facebook account and other places in the web where I managed to leave a footprint. Or when people leave a footprint for me (like this GroupCard that was sent to me for my 23rd birthday). There are also blogs that re-posted some of my contributions for Didache and Jun’s e-newsletter, too. And…so…much…more.
Just a few days ago, I realized that I’ve been online for 10 years now — the first time we had Internet was 1999, I think, right after first year in high school. I can’t believe it’s been a decade since I first got connected to the Internet, which means I’ve also been “webdesigning” for almost ten years too! How about that?
It’s really no surprise if it’s so easy to find me in Google (or Yahoo, or BING, even). Which then leads me to think…how many accounts have I set up all over the Internet ever since I started? Let me try to remember them:
- Hotmail – I think the first ever account I signed up for when I got connected was my old, old hotmail account. It’s the time when the only thing you can collect online are email addresses, you see. I got my first email address there — firstname.lastname@example.org. I can’t log in to that anymore. :P
- ICQ – I got introduced to this after I got introduced to mIRC (oh the memories), and I remember loving the typewriter sounds and the cuckoo alert. I can’t remember my number anymore, so sad. Is anyone still using ICQ?
- MyOwnEmail – Now this was fun! This is like the coolest email service I ran into way back then. MyOwnEmail provides custom domain names for emails, and I think what sold me for this was the @backstreet-boys.com email. :P I had email@example.com! Haha!
- Angelfire – This was where I first made my own website, an Animorphs fansite. I taught myself HTML from scratch, and used to code only in Notepad. Haha geek!
- gURLpages – After Angelfire, I got to gURLpages. I don’t know why or how I found out about this, but I stayed in gURLpages for almost a year before moving to Geocities. This was one of the free website places that offered ad-less hosting. I think my URL was http://www.gurlpages.com/writing/purplegal7 . Hah!
- Dreambook – My first guestbook. I left this one after I realized how limited it was.
- Bravenet – I wanted a better guestbook other than Dreambook, so I went to Bravenet, which seemed to provide everything a website owner could possibly want at that time. I got a guestbook, email form and polling system, all from Bravenet.
- girlslife.net mail – Can’t remember where I found this site too, but this was my primary email for a while – firstname.lastname@example.org. I think I signed up for this after I moved from gURLpages, and gURLmail is already too cluttered for me.
- Geocities – I signed up for Geocities because I wanted my website to be hosted on a domain. It worked. :P
After this, I honestly can’t remember what other free services I signed up for. I remember having web hosting accounts in envy.nu and virtue.nu, as well as gbook.nu (don’t you remember how this seems like the coolest guestbook provider before?), scribble.nu (a journal provider), pitas.com, diaryland.com, signmyguestbook.com, diary-x.com, and one free forum provider. I also signed up for webrings, created a webring of my own, and signed up for so many online forums (and met a lot of good friends there too).
I’m pretty sure most of my accounts on the sites above no longer exist — some of those websites no longer exist, either! That’s web-life for you, I guess?
Okay, now for a more current Internet inventory. Where have I signed up now?
Dreamhost. Google. Yahoo. Livejournal. Multiply. Facebook. Friendster. Flickr. Goodreads. Listography. Twitter. Plurk. Vox. Uh…what else? Oh yeah, the newest one: Tumblr.
Whew. That was hard to remember.