Welcome back, Internet. This may seem strange to many of you, to whom the world of facebook, twitter, and blogging is common and everyday. But for the last 10+ years, I have kind of avoided REALLY getting involved in the internet. I have IM’d a few friends, occasionally (even that has become a rarity rather then a common occurance), and I check email. But I have avoided alot of the new frontier that is now known as Social Networking. But, I think that I am going to put a toe in and see how the water is.
About 13 years ago, I was actually involved in a project that put me on the cutting edge of the internet at that time. The school where I taught was a part of a project that used MOO’s (multi-player object-oriented). We had an online presence called Pueblo, that was populated by children from inner city Phoenix, ages 6 – 12; teachers; select college students; scientists from Xerox Parc; and a variety of other professionals. It was a fore-runner of Second Life, same type of idea, but all in text. I started chatting online when Netscape was known as Mosaic. (I guess I am showing my age, huh?) And spending much time building my environment, and chatting with new online friends from all over. I was known then by many as “quantum leaper” or “ql” for short. And I loved it, maybe a little too much, as it was the first thing I thought of when I woke up (anything exciting happened over night), and last thing I did before going to sleep (say goodnight and set down the laptop, lights out).
But, from the time that I left Pueblo, until now, I have kind of avoided getting pulled into the new places that the internet offers. The only reason that I even have a facebook account is that my husband (who does browsers for a living and knows this frontier quite well) needed an account to do some testing on.
But today, I am feeling the pull of being more involved with this world. It all started with trying to figure out the best way to organized and disseminate pictures of my children. I am tired of having 5000 pictures sit on my laptop, and everytime I actually go to use them, I start organizing them because I can’t find the one(s) I want. I am tired of having all of those pictures, and still getting family and friends asking me, “Are you ever going to send, post, give me newer pictures of the kids?” (Gee, just because they are 6 and almost 5, and the last ones that have seen are 2 and baby, people can’t seem to be satisfied).
So, I started doing a Flickr account. And lo and behold, I had to start thinking of what do I want my screen name to be, and what do I want my url to be. I started to realize that I want to be more then an occasional lurker in this new world, but to do so, I need to decide on a name for myself (as my husband said, it may be time to get a semi-permanent screen name for myself). And you know what, that is alot harder than I thought it would be. The name quantum leaper, ql, or que el just didn’t seem to fit me any longer (although they bring back such fond memories I was tempted to use them). I started to feel kind of like the EMH doctor on Voyager….a name is such an important thing…you can’t just jump into it…(although I hope it doesn’t take me 30 years to come up with one, and I come up with one more original that Joe).
So, hmmmmm, who am I now, if I have moved on from ql…I will let you all know when I figure it out..:)