Sunday, July 18, 2010

As More Facebook Users Die, Ghosts Reach Out to Reconnect

If an article about Facebook appears on page one of the Sunday New York Times, then it must be a slow news day. The article reports that people over 65 are coming to Facebook faster than any other age group. Obviously people older than 65 are more likely to pass away. Thus it is very possible to reach the page of a Facebook friend who recent died, and not realize that. The deceased family likely neglected to delete the page. It is impossible for Facebook to know that. Member profiles can be memorialized and converted into tribute pages.

Back in 1977-78 when I lived in New London, CT there was a popular radio personality named Michael Bernz who worked evenings on WSUB. When I saw his postings on a radio message board a few years ago, I asked if morning man Don Turner was still living. He told me that Don had passed away. About a year ago the same message board reported that Michael Bernz had just died. His profile is still on Facebook.

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