Hi, Guillaume! Tell us a bit about yourself.
I'm a 27-year-old French art director from Paris now living the Dutch life in Amsterdam. I work at a big advertising agency, but I love making stuff that goes beyond advertising. Last year, I created Gimme, a connected glove that tracks and shares every high five you do, and now I have the Museum of Wi-Fi.
How did you come up with the idea for Museum of Wi-Fi?
I've always used WiFi names as a way to "communicate" with my upstairs neighbors: ShutYourFuckingDogUp, PLSAnythingButTheFinalCountdown, the list goes on. When I discovered I wasn't the only one to mark my territory with wireless signals, I simply decided to collect all these funny, silly, and explicit WiFi names from around the world—and the Museum of Wi-Fi was born.
"Every time I go somewhere, I just wave my phone around like an idiot and screenshot every badass WiFi name I see." —Guillaume Roukhomovsky
How do you source the WiFi names?
If you look carefully out there, our entire world is already a Museum of Wi-Fi. Every time I go somewhere, I just wave my phone around like an idiot and screenshot every badass WiFi name I see. A lot of friends now send me WiFi nuggets they've found in their own neighborhoods. To be honest, sometimes I feel like I'm turning into a router.
What do you have planned next?
Oh, there's much more to come. For now, the project is limited to its virtual shape: a simple website. But I'm currently working with some partners here in Amsterdam to open the Museum of Wi-Fi for real. Imagine a museum where you have nothing to admire but wireless signals on your phone.
What's the best WiFi name you've ever come across?
"Really, Asshole? Curry Again?"
Scroll on for more museum-worthy WiFi names!