Rites of Passage

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Posted 16 Jul 2011 in Fun, Personal

2011’s Burning Man theme is Rites of Passage… and I’ve been interested in online identity since I first got online a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away back when I was a teen… and now I am a 30-something MOM! It got me thinking about how I have lived an entire life online, in relative public, while so many people are just now really getting it for the first time thanks mostly to Facebook.

1992 – My sweet sixteen and the year I first got online… I kind of think of it as the year my online self was born. The one that has been addicted to hanging out first in chat rooms (VRave, Spacebar and ICB), IM, and now social networks (Facebook, Twitter and now Google+) ever since.

1995 – My first Burning Man (that’s what happens when a Midwest raver moves to SF just out of high school).

2008 – My online self’s sweet sixteen… my high school, college and all of my 20’s had already been chronicled online in one way or another. Thanks to Facebook, all the people I knew when I was 16 finally got the clue and absolutely none of it is novel for today’s teens.

2009 – My son was born!

2011 – 16 years since my first burn will be my son’s first burn (oooh freaky!)

2022 – Eli’s Bar Mitzvah on the playa (just kidding! probably!)

In chronological order, these are the various handles that I have used since I first got online in 1992.

  • Smellen
  • Teen Goddess
  • Ms. Wiggles
  • Wigglezzz
  • Azzmatik

Things I still love about being online

  1. Uploading pictures or videos RIGHT AFTER I’VE TAKEN THEM. This will never get old.
  2. That emotional ping/buzz I get from receiving a new message from a friend.
  3. TEXT – I like to chat! with typing! I hate actually talking on the phone or web cam or Facetime.
  4. Lurking

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