Internet 28 December 2017 All the actually good things that happened on the internet in 2017 Here’s a bit of the cesspool that’s fuzzy and warm! Flickr user: mendhak Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up The internet is one naughty boy! This year, so many foul, disgusting, inexplicable, horrific, and upsetting things have happened on the WWWs that it’s almost tempting to turn the whole thing off like a mum in ’99 who wants to use the phone. Do we really need all this freedom? All this information? All this My Little Pony porn? To remind you why the web is Good, Actually, here’s a round-up of genuinely nice things that happened online in 2017. In January, a 75-year-old widower posted a Gumtree advert looking for fishing buddies. Hundreds responded, with one 22-year-old eventually taking him on all-expenses-paid fishing trip Also in January, a Redditor raised nearly $200,000 for an 18-year-old who was attacked in a Facebook Live video *** In February, a Twitter user replaced every “be” in the song “Rather Be” with Jerry Seinfeld screaming “Bee!” from Bee Movie. I replaced every "be" in the song "Rather Be" with Jerry Seinfeld screaming "Bee!" from Bee Movie. pic.twitter.com/lkXzzep6K7 — Matt Mindrup (@mmindrup96) February 18, 2017 *** In March, Professor Robert Kelly’s daughter interrupted his interview with BBC News in the most spectacular fashion, instantly becoming an internet icon Also in March, disgraced former defence secretary Liam Fox denied sending a tweet – while sat in front of a very large picture of the aforementioned tweet *** In April, Carter Wilkerson first tweeted to fast food restaurant Wendy’s asking for free nuggets, later becoming the owner of both the most retweeted tweet of all time and a year’s supply of nugs HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS pic.twitter.com/4SrfHmEMo3 — Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) April 6, 2017 *** In May, rapper Nicki Minaj gave thousands of dollars to Twitter users so they could afford their college tuition Show me straight A's that I can verify w/ur school and I'll pay it. Who wants to join THAT contest?!?!Dead serious. Shld I set it up? https://t.co/czH715u64a — NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) May 7, 2017 Also in May, the 22-year-old who stopped the WannaCry cyberattack on the NHS donated his $10,000 reward money to charity *** In June, a dad asked celebrities to send birthday messages to his bullied son. His plea went viral, and Russell Crowe, Stormzy, Dawn French, and the England football team were among those who passed on their well wishes Happy Birthday Ollie from a guy on @TheSimpsons who's not quite famous but draws a kid who is =) I hope you have an AWESOME day! pic.twitter.com/f7itI4XdfW — Eric Keyes (@monkeyes) June 29, 2017 *** In July, Dream Daddy, a simulator game in which you navigate dating as a gay dad, was released on PC *** In August, Lazy Town actor and internet meme Stefán Karl Stefánsson (better known as Robbie Rotten) announced he was free of cancer metastases, after the Facebook page Lazy Town Memes raised over $150,000 for his medical costs (and 86,621 people signed a Change.org petition asking for a statue of him to be built) A post shared by Stefán Karl Stefánsson (@stefanssonkarl) on Jan 4, 2017 at 2:16am PST Also in August, a nun went viral for proving the dictionary wrong *** In September, a walkie-talkie app allowed people to help rescue the victims of hurricane Harvey Also in September, YouTubers Mike and Heather Martin were sentenced to five years’ probation for child neglect, after other YouTubers exposed their abusive pranks to the wider world *** In October, PornHub users, including WalkerTexasNutter, offered one another mental health advice tfw pornhub is more wholesome about mental health than twitter pic.twitter.com/7DiYQvdAZ6 — nut-roast malone (@kxthleen) October 11, 2017 *** In November, Donald Trump’s Twitter account was deactivated for 11 minutes *** In December, a 22-year-old travelled thousands of miles to meet an 81-year-old woman he befriended via the game Words With Friends so last summer i randomly met this 80 y/o woman on words with friends. we played 300+ games together and she actually ended up becoming a good friend of mine. today i got to go to florida and meet her in person pic.twitter.com/VXDbNS4eUo — High Class Filth (@Filth800) December 1, 2017 Also in December, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones argued with an Amazon Echo › The Millionaire Makers: What happens when 100,000 people create their own lottery? Amelia Tait is a freelance journalist, and was previously the New Statesman's tech and digital culture writer. She tweets at @ameliargh Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!