We met on an MLC site.... discussing spouses. Like TAM, only they had a chat room which was often a lot of laughs. So we all went thru low times together, did the advice thing...
Eventually our spouses left us, and we were in a friendship thing... not an EA. More like a support group.
We decided to meet halfway between Florida and Texas, met in Jackson, Mississippi. Had an awesome airport kiss.... and a really really hot weekend. He said he loved me before we ever met..... I had a plan B.
We'd been talking for a year or so, so we knew each other pretty well... probably better than in a regular dating situation, we knew more intimate thoughts, dreams, fantasies, morals and ideas that online talking allows. My friends in chat, and in real life made me leave them all his info in case he turned out to be an axe murderer. I just thought, what if he smells bad or something icky.
It was an awesome meeting. I moved to Texas a year later. Just celebrated the date June 8th...6 years. Two years married now.... and it's all just awesome.
I really think it was the openness that that chat room encouraged. We weren't looking for anyone to date at the time. But... our heads were in the right place, not hating the exes, not "needing" a partner.... but excited about new beginnings, older and wiser, knowing what we want as well as what we didn't want. And it was ALL out there in the open via chat, emails, phone, texts... mega communication (which we both knew the value of since it was lacking in both marriages). So it was this "social media" that allowed us to be good friends in the first place, and to take it to another level in a mature, "eyes wide open" manner.