Some years ago when I was deeply hooked in some British TV dramas and tried to find information about them on internet I came across some interesting pages, certain fanfiction writer and a fan-artist, they brought me to here LiveJournal in the end ...and now I enjoy writing my journal in clumsy English and communication with my wonderful LJ friends from various countries. Those are the people I would have never become friends with without internet and I'm deeply grateful to this modern technology for them.
At present I don't think I have enough time nor intention to join other & newer networking service like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr still sometimes I happened to find some impressive and attractive posts on those services.
Last year I found a (maybe American) young artist who posts her illustrations on Tumblr pages, I loved her art very much and enjoy visiting her pages though I have no knowledge about herself at all. Some months ago I send her a message on Tumblr service to tell her how I enjoy her art. She is a good artist and may get such kind of message from many strangers so I didn't expect her response at all, I just wanted her to know that there is an admirer here in Japan. Months passed, I almost forgot about my message to her.
Then yesterday when I visited her web-page I found her message to me, she posted a message and an art for me on her page. It's a heartwarming surprise.
I don't know her real name nor e-mail address and she doesn't know mine of course (Actually I'm much more stranger to her for she has NO information about me besides my message while I can imagine her personality from her posts), I don't say we are friends, but surely there is some sincere feeling between us.
This is what I love about internet.
Though there are many unpleasant trouble and sometimes serious problems about the association with strangers on internet still I believe our sincere respect or feeling of friendship can reach to the others here as it does on our non-virtual, real communication.
About 15 years ago, when internet and e-mails were not so common for ordinary people like nowadays, I have made some good foreign friends via correspondence (of ordinary letters, I mean). Even now the essence of the friendship or acquaintance have not changed much, it seems.
The pic the lady created for me :) Isn't this cool?