Visit the most beautiful place on the internet before it gets ruined

A child hugs a robot in an apparent beta version of the virtual hug website.

A child hugs a robot in an apparent beta version of the virtual hug website.
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The internet is able to provide us with direct connection to total strangers. At some point, in the heady tech-utopian 1990s, this extraordinary feature finally seemed to hold the key to blissful global unity, where people across geographic and cultural divides bridge the differences that divide us and instead turn into happy digital unity. . In practice, connecting with strangers online is more likely to introduce you to exciting new ways to learn how and why you suck or introduce and scatter virtual enabled nightmare behavior

Until that last point, please enjoy a simple, kind-hearted website about giving and receiving hugs online now, because it will surely be ruined soon.

The best place on the internet was created by Toby Benjamin to, as the About copy states, give visitors a “pick-me-up” on bad days. “So come along to turn the sad into joyful and happy into a celebration,” it continues. “Because this is a nice place to visit on days like today.”

It consists of nothing but YouTube videos of people from all over the world looking into a camera and giving you a hug that bypasses space and time. A soft song by My Brightest Diamond plays in the background. Users are encouraged to submit their own plush toys via a submission form. It is, as the name suggests, just fun.

It won’t be long then, of course, before the internet does what it does best and finds ways to undermine the site’s positive intentions by ruining it in clever, horrible ways that its creator could never have imagined. Our only hope is that the version of The Nicest Place On Earth that currently exists is properly archived so that in the future people can see that, regardless of everything else, the website has been around in its proper form for a while.

[via Boing Boing]

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