Not only can your online buddies be any age and in any location, they don't even have to be your species. Tech-savvy advocates of the endangered mountain gorilla are about to launch an umbrella site, friendagorilla.org, that will feature videos, social networking, and blogs—by park rangers, not gorillas. The first-of-its-kind effort is based at the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, home to 370 animals, about half of the planet's remaining population of mountain gorillas.
"It was pretty surreal," actor Jason Biggs, who's helping to get the word out, tells Reuters. "I felt like when I made eye contact with the gorillas, it was like an out-of-body experience. It was mind-blowing."