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We Asked The Webby Award Attendees About Their Early Online Activity

And about current Emoji favorites.

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Do you remember your first screen name? Was it embarassing?

Taylor Schilling: You know what’s embarrassing, is that I had the same screen name for 18 years. Up until a year ago I used it.

What’s your favorite emoji to use?

TS: I like the girls who are dancing, the tango girl, and the two girls that are dancing together, the ones with their legs up. And also the two women in the kimonos. And the high fives. I guess I use a lot of those.

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Facebook or Instagram?

George Takei: Facebook! I’ve had a lot of success and fun on there.

What are your tips for taking a good selfie?

GT: Well you have to put your entire self. Your enthusiasm, your excitement, your best self, and shining smile.

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What is your favorite emoji to use?

Pete Holmes: Oh, I’m a sucker for the smiley face with the sunglasses. It’s confusing when you’re like apologizing or something. It’s like, “I’m so sorry I couldn’t make dinner [smiley face with sunglasses].” Like, what does that mean? You’re too cool for us? Or like, “Mom is sick [smiley face with sunglasses].” All sorts of terrible things. I think you’re gonna get a lot of comedians saying the poop with the smilies. Fuck the poop with the smilies.

Why?!

PH: I don’t like it. It looks like something that would be on a pen in Japan. I want something that communicates something, not a Japan joke.

What was your first screen name?

PH: I was in a punk rock band called Nude. We thought that was very funny. So it would say like, “Pete Holmes, Pete Holmes, Steve McCab,e and Aaron Bonner-Jackson: NUDE!” We thought that was very funny. We were 15 or 16 at the time — 15. And then my first AOL screen name — doing a little band promotion — was NudeRocks@aol.com. Which I thought was very funny.

Prove it!

PH: How? And it’s funny that you’re yelling to prove something and pointing at my crotch because everyone thought NudeRocks meant “testicles.” So I got hit on a lot by men who were gay. Who aren’t aware of the underground Lexington, Mass., punk rock scene.

Did you have MySpace?

PH: I did, yeah.

Do you remember anyone in your Top 8?

PH:Yes.

Name them.

PH: I bet I could name a good number of my Top 8. Kumail [Nanjiani], Mike Birbiglia, TJ [Miller], Hannibal [Buress]. Just go to the front page of BuzzFeed.com and those are my Top 8. I don’t know if I had even one non-comedian in my Top 8, which is crazy. Including, like, whoever was my girlfriend at the time. She’s just somewhere in there with the rest of ‘em. “I gotta make room for fucking [Anthony] Jeselnik, sorry!”

How do you feel about selfies?

PH: You know what my problem is? I go on Instagram… Sometimes I drink and go on Instagram—

Of course.

PH: That’s when I do my unfollowing! A little bit hungover. I follow drunk and I unfollow hungover. So I’ll be looking at things hungover and I see people that do a lot of selfies. And I’m like, “Fuck this guy!” and I’ll unfollow him. WHY? Because he’s my reflection. He reminds me of myself. Go to my Instagram page, I’m in ALL of them. I’m not here to show you the clouds or a cow that took the wrong way in Bushwick. It’s all photos of myself. So that’s a lesson: If you hate something, it’s probably because it reminds you of yourself. Or as Jewel said, it’s “Pieces of You.”

Facebook or Instagram?

PH: You know, I never used to use Facebook. Never, never, never. Then I started using it and I thought, Why isn’t everyone using this? Turns out, everyone is. That’s where I get my news, and the viral videos, and all this other stuff. Then I realized: everyone’s just posting the same things over and over. You’ll have a wave of people posting a cat sneezing at bubbles and then four months later a whole other crop of your friends are noticing this video.

The laggards.

PH: The laggards! Yeah, they’re getting it at their own pace. And I don’t know, maybe the group that introduced me to “Cat Sneezing at Bubbles” was, like, the third group. We don’t know. It’s like Neo in The Matrix, he was the fourth Neo. You don’t know which Neo you’re getting. So anyway, that was from the third Matrix, no, the second, it doesn’t matter because nobody saw it. Well, a lot of people saw it. A lot of people didn’t like it. I would go with Instagram.

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What was your first screen name?

Vegard Ylvisaker: I think it was VegardUY. It’s my first name and the initials of my middle name and last name. Very very exciting.

Bård Ylvisaker: I think mine was actually the name of an older Norwegian comedian or actor. I don’t know why I chose the name, I still use it every now and then. I don’t think he’s reading BuzzFeed, so you can write it. It’s probably illegal or something, but it’s a nice name.

VY: He’s a legend in Norway.

Facebook or Instagram?

Both: Instagram.

VY: I don’t do Facebook.

BY: I have a facebook, but I use it to logon to Spotify, and that’s it.

If you could pick your favorite internet acronym or abbreviation, what would you pick?

BY: TCPIP. Or like HTML. To honor the founding fathers of the internet.

VY: I like SCSI. Which is S-C-S-S-I I think. I like the way they pronounce it.

Do you guys take selfies, and, if so, do you have any tips?

BY: I just think it’s a photograph of two people, or more.

VY: Or…one.

BY: Can it be with one?

VY: Yeah, I mean if you’re taking it of yourself, with some statue in the background or something, yeah yeah.

Speaking of statues, have we figured out the meaning of Stonehenge?

BY: We are getting quite a lot of emails these days, with suggestions.

VY: And he’s always very grumpy when we get them—

BY: Because I’m not in the song, I’m not in the video. I think it sucks. We can all kind of agree that it sucks. It was a fun side project for him, and I understand, but it wasn’t the best we’ve done, if I’m being honest.

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What was your first email address? Was it embarrassing?

Wendi McLendon-Covey: I think I’m still using it. It’s not an AOL address, OK? I’m not that out of touch.

Facebook or Instagram?

WMC: Facebook. Because I don’t have an iPhone. I don’t have a good reason for that. I know everybody is on Instagram, and maybe out of pure pressure I will join, but right now it’s Facebook.

What are your thoughts on selfies?

WMC: I have recently been doing selfies. Because sometimes I get to wear a cute outfit.

Like tonight!

WMC: Yeah!

BF: Have you documented already?

WMC: Yes, I did. Because I’ve got a faux-bob tonight. I have a wizard that works for me. But you know, sometimes I’m like, all right, I’m going to take a picture of this. Document that I’m not always in a dirty sweater or a dirty baseball hat, so I’ve done that. But I don’t take good pictures of myself. I took a selfie at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner the other week, and it’s literally me from the neck up and then Barack Obama in the distance. So that’s as good as I can do. There are some people that I think, OK, we’ve seen your abs, and I think we get it. They don’t look any different than they do six hours ago when you posted another selfie. It’s never going to be me in a bikini going oh, “Ooops, what happened?” Never.

BF: If you could pick a favorite internet abbreviation or acronym what would it be?

Well can I tell you what I resent about LOL? When people respond to something with “lol,” well isn’t that just assumed? You had to type that? And I’ve got to scroll through it, and my phone just beeped and I’ve got a message and that’s what it says? No. We can be done with that one.

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Do you guys have any tips on taking the perfect selfie?

Paul Watson: I never really thought about it.

Shannen Doherty: I’ve taken a selfie. I think the most important thing is just to be having fun in the selfie, and to make sure the sun is hitting you so that it washes everything out and you look great.

What is your favorite emoji?

SD: You know what? I don’t use those. Maybe it’s my age but I don’t like clipping my words off or using smiley faces. I’m very much about the English language and actually typing out the proper English language to express myself as opposed to a character.

PW: I have a girlfriend and she likes to use the hearts.

What’s your least favorite word?

SD: Oh, I have many. I’m not a big one for anything that’s too crude. I’m not a big fan of really crude words.

I have a favorite slogan, though: If the oceans die, we die. We have to save the oceans.

Was your first email address embarrassing?

PW: I’m a little behind on this. I had dinner last week with Jack Dorsey [and] before that I didn’t even know what Twitter was. Although I have apparently had an account for three years but I didn’t know about it.

SD: You do! And you don’t follow me.

PW: I don’t send messages out, and I don’t receive them!

Shannon, any stories about your first email address?

SD: I think it was something very unimaginative. I wanna say it was the day I was born and my age at the time. Something incredibly boring.

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