Microsoft launched msn in August 24, 1995… it took them time to be the monopoly of online interaction between people..get enough users having access to internet first then taking over existing systems like ICQ or IRC.
UhOh ? You have a message… How to keep contact with your virtual friends… Yes at this time, Internet was used to contact people you don’t see in your everyday life or you never seen.
After trying different names, I was only comfortable with “Yoo”.
In fact, I probably tried 20 different name, but online I was Yoo and cannot switch anymore. It is short, cool and looks nice in this ASCII world.
Connected? Yes people started to know me “Yoo” and my real identity started to merge with it. It is a journey to create an online identity…
When you type Yoo instead of you, this become your lifetime nickname ? I consider myself as an early adopter of internet when only university special IT classroom was the only place you were hearing about Internet and people could connect with each other at hundreds of kilometers using a nice black&white console using IIRC. IRC is the acronym for Internet Relay Chat. Curious about this technology? -> irc
Someone was born, not yet the name…