The Internet is a place where you wouldn’t want to expose your REAL name unless necessary, that’s why almost all users of the Internet will have a nickname.
Nicknames are self-explanatory – they are your alternate names, just like how Jonathan Barnes could nickname himself JoBarn or just like how my nickname is goldfries. 😀
Before we proceed any further, you must know that regardless of how your choose a nickname, it’s NEVER wrong. It’s your right to choose how to identify yourself. 😀 In this article, I’ll be writing about the flaws of various nickname types and how it could affect others that interact with you.
You must identify the purpose of your nickname. If your nickname is just for random chats and all that, it shouldn’t be a problem even if you have a horrible nick. However if you intend to participate in any online community for a long time, your reputation actually hangs on your nickname – do consider choosing a nickname that you DON’T REGRET using, and WON’T make you feel like changing it. 🙂 I mean seriously, you wouldn’t want to establish a good reputation somewhere and then someday decide to change the nick at the expense of re-registering an account and start almost all over again.
Now, let’s have an overview of the possibilities when it comes to picking nicknames.
Examples – AMDisdabest, nVidiaSux, IntelInside, ATiMATi, Proton4Eva, BritneySpears, BClintonRawks……
The problem with loyalty-based nickname is that while it promotes the brand, the person or whatever you strongly support, it will also portray you as a “fanboy”. So what happens if one day AMD is not the best anymore? Or one day AMD ceases to exist? Or so happen you decide to make a jump to Intel processors? 😀
Examples – FordGT, nVidia_FX5200, Nokia3310, ToshibaRegza, AcerInspire1200, CamryLover……
While similar to Loyalty based nicknames, product based nicknames could make you look great for a while then after that you’re just a representative of and old and obsolete product. It’s like Nokia 3310 – wow it looks nice then but if you look at it now you’ll find it thick and bulky.
If you want to name yourself as an obsolete item, you could’ve gone for some decade old products straightaway.
Sure, if you use AthlonXP1700 in a tech community – it’s a high chance that people might be aware that you’re naming yourself after one of most well known processors ever produced but what about people who didn’t know of such product? Such as people from a non-tech community or people who weren’t around when the item was produced?
Examples – Amanda7, Nicky88, John0215, a1098113……
Although such nicknames seem fine, one should take note that numeric nicknames tend to reveal details about you. Usually nicks with a single number indicates a person’s favorite number, usually a birth date. Regardless of how many digits, it reveals something. It’s usually quite obvious to see that those numbers is made out of someone’s date of birth, month of birth, year of birth, car number, and so on so forth. The possibilities are always there, you can almost always pick up something from numeric nicknames. In fact, some of them could end up being a product name. 😀
Not that it’s such a bad thing, it depends on whether you would like people to get to know any tiny bit of your details without having to work for it.
As if that was not bad enough, I’ve come by people with nicknames such as “a1098113” – I mean really, remembering this would be as touch as remembering a phone number. Of course, on the phone you could identify yourself as “a109” but such nicks are horrible if people thought of contacting you. It’s like “what’s that guy’s nick again?”. You get what I mean, it’s not wrong to use such nick. If you need your nick to be remembered or identified easily, please avoid using such a nick.
Examples – t3chn0m4nc3r, phr34k3rz01d, g4rf13ld……
What is Leet? Find out more by clicking here.
While Leet based nicks make you look cool, it makes you look like a techie or an awesome gamer – yes BUT have you ever considered how hard it is to remember such a nick? People who don’t understand leet wouldn’t even know how to identify you.
I mean think about it, if you were to call up someone and “Hello, I’m g4rf13ld at X2Z forums.”, they might even need you to tell them that you are “gee four are eff one three el dee” instead.
Examples : jrr410, tbh79……
While such nicknames are fine (Loyalty / Product based nicknames come in similar format), just make sure you don’t over do it. Do you really need to have a nick like yth4430fun?
How to choose a proper nickname?
1. Easy to remember, or at least have better chance for people to remember.
2. You can pronounce without having to mention a bunch of numbers or separate alphabets.
3. Not tied to any product, brand, people or anything – unless you really intend to stick to it regardless of how bad the situation your “idol” is in.