The first friend I met online – I don’t recall his name – was a kid who had a lot of old WWF wrestling figures in mint condition and still in the package for sale.
I met him on an AOL chat board for trading sports cards, memorabilia and collectibles.
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More than anything else, the World Wide Web’s essential attribute is connection.
It links two or more people anywhere in the world, and the early Web was defined by relationships that were novel because they were, at the time, so unlikely.
And then I’d be on for maybe 10 minutes before call waiting kicked me off.
I spent a lot of time in my room, and my parents didn’t love it.
Gaby Dunn, writer, journalist, You Tuber, actress and comedian: I don’t know about my first, as I made a bunch around the same time on a Superman message board when I was 12, and then one of them gave me a Live Journal code. There, I met a lot of people through writing fan fiction.
One was a girl who lived a few hours away from me and was only a couple years older.
Jesse was two years older than me and he was half Korean, like me.
He had a long, straight mop of hair that hung over his face in the mirror selfies he posted on his profile.