The internet has been a wonderful way to connect like-minded people who would never have met ordinarily. I think it's a great way to learn about yourself, because you attract facets of your personality, and instead of just dismissing those who show a side you don't get on with - let it be a learning opportunity before you let them go.
When you find good friends online they can become as close as anyone you knew as a child. Letting yourself open up to a 'stranger' is a great lesson in trust, and the more you're able to trust, the more you're able to share love back. The video below shows some remarkable, and unusual, friendships.
"A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?" - Khalil Gibran
"Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself - and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is." - Jim Morrison