Work: Have A Hug

This is a post about why and how I made ‘Have A Hug’ – where you can get a virtual hug and send one to someone who might need a hug!

Have A Hug is a simple site with a simple mission – to make sharing a virtual hug really easy.

I created it during the 2020 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic as a fun and simple way people could send hugs to each other. At this time, when personal hugs are much harder to have; being able to send a hug to someone seemed like a thing that many people might want and need…

On the site you can also simply share a hug (well the site!) with someone over Facebook, Twitter, Email and Whatsapp (if you’re on a mobile/cell phone).

The site is also very privacy friendly. NO personal data is collected whatsoever.

Why the Chick?

I’ve always thought that the normal ‘hug’ emoji (šŸ¤—) is a bit odd – it’s a floating face with some hands under it! For a while, me and some of my friends have used the ‘front facing/standing chick’ instead for hugs (on things like Twitter and WhatsApp) as it actually looks more like a hug..!

Hugs can be needed for all sorts of reasons and a ‘smiley face’ also might not be what’s wanted/needed.

The chick is just giving you a hug no questions asked!

The chick emoji used on this site is from the ‘Noto Font’ set of emojisĀ produced by Google and the graphic is released under theĀ Apache License Version 2.0

So If you need a hug, or want to send someone a hug, have a look at haveahug.today.

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