The Free Hugs Campaign is a social movement involving individuals who offer hugs to strangers in public places. The campaign in its present form was started in 2004 by an Australian man. Initially, people were suspicious of the strange man on the street offering to hug anyone who wanted one. Soon, however, suspicion gave way to enthusiastic acceptance. When authorities tried to stop the campaign, over 10,000 people signed to ensure its continuance. The campaign became famous internationally in 2006 as the result of a music video uploaded into the Internet. The response to the video was astounding. Many people joined this newly created movement, and went out offering free hugs to whoever wanted one. This event demonstrates how the Internet can be used to connect humanity beyond the boundaries of space and time. The hugs are meant to be random acts of kindness, reputedly selfless acts performed by a person for the sole reason of making others feel better.