Long, not-that-interesting story as told here: On AOL… Again
For the most part, I’ve really enjoyed reading all the various takes on TechCrunch’s acquisition by AOL this week. Some are good, some are bad, some are just sad. But two have stuck out to me as being decidedly full of shit. Interestingly enough, both are by Robert Cringely.
Okay, yes, I know that the name is applied to multiple people these days. Still, it’s impressive that both could dish out the same type of asshatery.
The question I probably get asked most often is: “what does ParisLemon stand for?" I usually just tell people it’s not that interesting — because really, it’s not. The fact of the matter is that it was just the random screen name I chose for myself on AOL when I was a kid. Of course, now that TechCrunch has been acquired by AOL, it’s slightly more interesting.
The full story is that I was actually kicked off of AOL sometime in 1994 (when I was 13) for “scrolling” (basically hitting a letter and then hitting return over and over again in a chat room). My original screen name, “RELGEIS” (“Siegler” backwards), was banned by the service. But I was addicted to AOL and needed to get back online, so I grabbed one of my parent’s credit cards and came up with a new name as quickly as possible.
The name I picked, Paris Green (a pigment, animal poison, and firework colorant), was taken. So was ParisBlue, ParisRed, etc, etc. So, ParisLemon it was.