I've been chatting online since I was 14 years old. I have made many friends and lost some over this time. Some I am very close with others is just a casual chat. Most I met on yahoo, some through ep and fb. I think you can develop close friendships threw the net just as well if not easier than in person. I am shy and don't tend to walk up and be like HEY to a random stranger but online is much easier. There are a select few online that I would love to meet in person one day.