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Internet Friend Day: 23 years of friendship (almost)

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Internet Friend Day: 23 years of friendship (almost)

It's Internet Friend Day according to the trending hashtag on Twitter! So, I insist on telling one of my favourite Internet friend stories, and I hope you'll share yours in the comments. 2400 baud modem (How I was connecting to our school's server at the time.) In 1991 I was in school in a small town and my boyfriend at the time was in a totally different school, so we both navigated the dark and dusty hallways of our respective schools to get logins for the mainframe technology of the day so that we could chat together for free, rather than paying long distance. He had discovered an online text-based roleplaying game, kind of a very early version of World of Warcraft (thank goodness for the Internet, because explaining that back then was about a 20-minute conversation) and we started playing it together and discovered there were all these people from all over the world that you could talk to on the game. And so, I met some of my very first Internet friends, including Cera Shields, née Kruger. About that née...we each weathered breakups, online-dated some of the same people, found our respective spouses, married them and shared our writing and our trials and tribulations for years and years and years. But somehow, we never really managed to meet. She was mostly on the West Coast and I was first on the East Coast and then in Toronto. And then finally, in the fall of 2012, I flew out to San Francisco and we met in person for the first time and it was quite awesome. We still chat almost every day, and this December we'll have known each other for 23 years. Of course we were too busy talking to get any pictures of us together, but maybe we'll fix that next time. So that's my story. Hurray for Internet friends! Tell us about yours? (Photo courtesy Daniel Bagel via Flickr)
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