The internet is the birthing place of many a meaningful friendship and relationship, but it's also a place full of catfishing and toxic people. So, meeting up with an internet friend for the first time can easily be one of the most wholesome or devastating experiences of your social life.
While meeting people off dating apps is its own genre of experience, meeting people you befriended or started flirting with in a chatroom or forum has an entirely different feeling. In some cases, the stakes of an organic online friendship feel even more vulnerable than dating, because platonic connection is more accepting (in concept).
Met my best friend at the time on League of Legends. After talking every day for 3 years, I ended up moving to a state much closer to him, so we decided to finally meet. We talked before about all the things we'd do together and how awesome it would be. I loved him so, so much. He was there for me through so much and was a wonderful friend.