I guess you could say it somewhat works. It will work for the right people in the right situation but not for everyone. It'd been two years since I had talked to a friend of mine in high school, but one day we started talking again on AIM and a few months down the road summer rolled around and we started dating, we hung out everyday, it was a blast, but since then we've had a our problems, on again off again, its really weird, but I guess the relationship technically did start online and they can become something but its alot harder than a normal relationship where you see them everyday. In many ways its also better. Leaves alot to be desired still and alot of mystery which can be pretty exciting.