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Facebook To Preserve Accounts of the Dead

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the last-status-update dept.

Social Networks 292

Barence writes "Social-networking site Facebook is planning to preserve the accounts of dead members. The new 'memorialized' accounts will continue to display photos and wall posts, but remove 'sensitive information' such as status updates and contact information. Friends or family who want to report the death of a Facebook member are encouraged to fill out the site's Deceased form. The form asks for proof of death, such as an obituary or news article, although it's not clear how Facebook can validate the death of a member if neither of those pieces of information is published on the internet. How long before someone snuffs it on Facebook before their time?"

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George Castanza (-1, Offtopic)

porkThreeWays (895269) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884359)

Didn't George has to get a death certificate?

Smart move! (5, Funny)

timothy (36799) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884365)

They're making a wise decision: status updates and contact information for dead people pretty much define "sensitive information."

DEADGUY: "Status: Bones yellowed, but still have some structure. Rat finally got away with St. Anthony medallion. Anyone gonna to go the open bar at Styx tonight?!"

timothy

Re:Smart move! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29884587)

I went ahead and reported this user [facebook.com] as dead.

Re:Smart move! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29884847)

I'd kind of like to see one from someone getting cremated:

"Heh. Dad, I don't know how you knew about them, but I'm glad you didn't let Mom find those Henta- wait... why are you putting those in that box with the rest of your- ewww." 3 hours ago
"Dad! Don't let mom look behind my GRR Martin books on the shelf! It won't end well!" 4 hours ago
"Wait, what are you guys doing with those bags? Why are you going into the basement?!" 4 hours ago
"Sweet, I'm on the mantle." 5 hours ago
"Whew, THAT was odd. I didn't know cremation could be such an experience. Now I'm in a bottle. It better be one of those Star Trek urns [eternalimage.net] like I told them" 8 hours ago
"Whoah, OK, getting a little warm in here. I thought it was November!" 10 hours ago
"OK, on the move finally. I wonder where they're putting me." 12 hours ago
"Hai guyz! I'm in Ur Church, makin you cry lol! LRN2Grieve" 1 day ago
"This is a pretty nice box I'm in. Very comfy! I wish they'd put me in my other suit, though. This one has a tag that always made my neck itch." 2 days ago
"OK, I'm glad embalming is only done once. I'm drained!:-P" 2 days ago
"Status: Dead. lol!" 3 days ago

Re:Smart move! (5, Interesting)

buswolley (591500) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884875)

A rarely visiting cousin came over and made a Mii avatar on my Wii box. Subsequently, he died a violent flaming death in a car accident. Irrationally perhaps, I feel like it is my solemn duty to keep 'him' alive on my Wii. Make backups of him. Transfer him to my friends' Wiis.

Re:Smart move! (4, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884935)

Anyone gonna to go the open bar at Styx tonight?!

Who the hell would want to go to an open bar at Styx?!

First, you'd be surrounded by a bunch of invulnerable drunks. Fun if you're a redneck, but otherwise might become stale quickly. "Hey guys, hold my beer and watch me light my arm on fire!" x1000.

Second, you'd lose your voice for nine years (this is why the Gods swore oaths on the River Styx... if they broak their oath, they had to drink from the river, lose their voices for nine years, then spend another nine years exiled from the council of gods). So then you couldn't even make fun of the drunken invulnerable rednecks.

I'd much rather go to the open bar at Lethe, but no one can ever remember who the designated driver is...

Status updates for a dead person? (3, Insightful)

The Archon V2.0 (782634) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884381)

Removing that isn't so much privacy as logic. What would it say?

"Status: Dead"

"Status: Still Dead"

"Status: REAL Dead"

"Status: Excitedly Dead"

"Status: Dead Dead"

Re:Status updates for a dead person? (5, Funny)

noundi (1044080) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884485)

Removing that isn't so much privacy as logic. What would it say?

"Status: Dead"

"Status: Still Dead"

"Status: REAL Dead"

"Status: Excitedly Dead"

"Status: Dead Dead"

The Reaper likes this.

Re:Status updates for a dead person? (5, Funny)

zapakh (1256518) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884535)

Removing that isn't so much privacy as logic. What would it say?

"Status: Dead"

"Status: Still Dead"

"Status: REAL Dead"

"Status: Excitedly Dead"

"Status: Dead Dead"

Status: Zombie. Want BRAAAAAINS

Re:Status updates for a dead person? (2, Funny)

new death barbie (240326) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884853)

Status: Very serious, but stable, condition

Re:Status updates for a dead person? (2, Funny)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884903)

You're forgetting all the other important demographics.
Vampire. Werewolf. Ghost.
And don't forget the reanimation technologies. If you're broght back like Frankensteins monster, do you get a percentage alive (5% live, 80% dead, 15% lunch), or will it go into detail (Left foot and right arm alive, rest still dead)?

Re:Status updates for a dead person? (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884567)

I would pay good money for a service that continued to email my friends/family/co-workers after I died (no doubt of auto-erotic asphyxiation, as a decent man *should* die). It would give me a chance to tell them what I really think of them (with no chance of retaliation, hah ha!)

Re:Status updates for a dead person? (1)

Kryptonian Jor-El (970056) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884695)

http://www.mylastemail.com/ [mylastemail.com]

i've seen a few services like this. I honestly didn't read up about how this particular one works, but I sure would hate it if the "Hey, are you still alive?" email went to the spam folder and the service sent out all of those emails...

Re:Status updates for a dead person? (3, Funny)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884603)

Frank Deceased is now friends with: Wormy Maggot.

Frank Deceased Is it dark in here, or is it just me?

Frank Deceased has shared a link: http://www.city-data.com/forum/religion-philosophy/139511-purgatory-fact-fiction.html [city-data.com]

Frank Deceased /face melt

Frank Deceased sure is quiet down here

Re:Status updates for a dead person? (1)

mikesd81 (518581) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884969)

Like that scene from the Princess Bride. "He's not dead, just mostly dead."

How long? (5, Insightful)

pHus10n (1443071) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884399)

I give it......Thursday (tops) before someone is memorialized as a prank.

Re:How long? (1)

mewt (1057562) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884443)

Faking a death certificate isn't hard, especially if it's from somewhere were social services aren't that up to date.. My new status will now be; "Gone to the family tomb!"

Re:How long? (1)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884547)

2:1 odds it's Kanye West

Re:How long? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29884711)

Wait, he's still alive?!

Re:How long? (1)

poetmatt (793785) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884721)

I remember the big issue back in february covered on consumerist: http://consumerist.com/5157481/ [consumerist.com] about facebook refusing to delete people's profiles. Just how long do they intend to retain someone's data?

Re:How long? (1)

couchslug (175151) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884745)

"I give it......Thursday (tops) before someone is memorialized as a prank."

I give it not much longer before the first "an hero" who suicides in order to be memorialized.

Re:How long? (1)

Xest (935314) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884803)

This was my thought actually, can Facebook really guarantee the layout of every single newspaper article in every single little town across the world to verify if a report of someone being "dead" is real or not?

People are going to get memorialised (sounds scary in itself) left right and centre. I wonder do they have an appeals process for this or do the dead not get appeals because, well, they're dead?

Imagine logging in one day to find you're apparently dead and half your friends are greiving over you, or even getting phone calls at work from people to see if you're really dead or not, or phone calls to your family from friends to confirm it. ...and all this, because Facebook's new UI gadget was recommended you talk to people you haven't spoken to in a while, which due to lack of forethought, included deceased people.

It could've been better to, you know, just fix/remove that feature? Facebook in general often seems to miss the point- if I haven't spoken to someone in a long while it's for good reason - I really can't be arsed to, or perhaps don't even want to.

Re:How long? (4, Insightful)

PachmanP (881352) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884947)

I give it......Thursday (tops) before someone is memorialized as a prank.

Well when I first read about it, I immediately thought about which of my friends had a sufficiently generic name that I could find an obituary for him. If I wasn't at work, it'd probably be done by now, so I'd say Thurs is pretty generous.

How long? (1)

miruku (642921) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884415)

How long before someone snuffs it on Facebook before their time?

I'm sure hundreds have already. I'd expect their friends and relatives would appreciate this service, but I wonder how they're going to deal with photoshopped obituaries. I'd expect they'd naturally try to contact the user directly, but what if they're AFK for a number of days or more?

Re:How long? (1)

miruku (642921) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884467)

(apologies for the horrible personal pronoun usage there..)

Re:How long? (1)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884753)

No Apologies! You get it right the first time or you face the Gas Chabmer!

*gags*

Re:How long? (1)

Fjodor42 (181415) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884471)

Of course they have - including a peripherical friend of mine...

His profile is gone now, and the question then remains - are they just closing the last way to get your profile officially deleted?

Re:How long? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29884511)

And I know I couldn't prove I'm who I say I am on facebook...

Re:How long? (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884987)

I'd expect they'd naturally try to contact the user directly, but what if they're AFK for a number of days or more?

What is this, the 1990s? If you're "AFK for a number of days or more"*, you might as well BE dead.

I kid, mostly.

* What exactly is "a number of days or more"? Is that just 'a number bigger than an unspecified other number'?

Re:How long? (5, Insightful)

TheCycoONE (913189) | more than 4 years ago | (#29885003)

My mom died, and she's on Facebook. I know my dad and other relatives want her off because it keeps suggesting to add her as a friend, which is slightly cruel. I think however the processes of producing a digital obituary notice etc. is a little insensitive - it would be best if the process was as quick and painless as possible. I also very much hope it doesn't suggest "You might know this dead person"

For Slashdotters (5, Funny)

Megaweapon (25185) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884417)

Be sure and leave a comment on Stephen King's page. Truly an American icon.

Re:For Slashdotters (1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Codger (96717) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884641)

What humorless moderator modded this Offtopic? Some newbie who somehow got mod points and doesn't know the "Stephen King is dead" meme?

Re:For Slashdotters (5, Funny)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884675)

Meme? I heard it on the radio this morning.

There is a problem... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29884421)

who updates their pictures ?!?

preserve the livings' accounts first (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29884425)

preserve the accounts of the dead? Well I say preserve the accounts of the living first, heck my account's been "unavailable" on and off for over 2 months now :/

A Good Thing (5, Interesting)

VaticDart (889055) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884439)

This is good. A friend of mine committed suicide a little over a year ago and her Facebook page is the primary place that people talk about her, both right after the event and at various marker points. It's nice to check in on her page and see if anyone has posted anything new when I'm thinking about her.

Re:A Good Thing (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29884561)

Think about your friends family.
Does her parents and siblings really want people posting loads of messages on her facebook page ?

It is ok if people post thoughtful messages, but this is not always the case. A lot of people can't help giving their senseless opinion and having 50 messages like that can only hurt the people left behind.

Re:A Good Thing (2, Interesting)

jcnnghm (538570) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884781)

Having had a friend die at 21 from a heart defect, then seeing the family's reaction to all the Facebook wall posts and tagged images, I think you're mistaken. The family was grateful for the outpouring of support, and his profile essentially turned into a memorial maintained by the family. They were the ones that requested that everyone add whatever photos they had, and continue posting remembrance messages. Many of the arrangements and a memorial service were announced through Facebook as well.

Re:A Good Thing (1)

earnest murderer (888716) | more than 4 years ago | (#29885009)

Some people will some people won't, I think that's the point of this. For those that do, a family member could/should take responsibility for the page and take possession of the account.

To be fair though, facebook deadpool trolling is going to become a sport.

Dale Jr. Dad's birtday today. We had cake!

Internet Douchebag Have a smashing time!

Re:A Good Thing (1)

thatwolfguy (1665529) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884819)

We have a Facebook group for someone we lost, and out of hundreds of people who have left posts, not one has been offensive. I assume that this is because unlike Slashdot, Facebook doesn't have an Anonymous Coward option.

Re:A Good Thing (1)

schon (31600) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884841)

Ahh.. more data in support of John Gabriel's G.I.F.T. [penny-arcade.com]

Re:A Good Thing (2, Insightful)

maharb (1534501) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884923)

Usually you add FRIENDS on facebook. If your friend dies you are likely to say something positive, or meaningful not give 'senseless opinions'. You chose your facebook friends when you are alive, its not like randoms show up when you die. Its not a public forum unless you make it that way.

I think that family and close friends would be the main people participating on a deceased persons facebook page. Maybe you have never used facebook but family and friends are the only people that seem to interact with me when I am alive, why would that change in death? I would only see it tightening to the closest friends and family.

Re:A Good Thing (1)

Otto (17870) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884959)

Unlike the rest of the internet, Facebook friends tend to be people who actually know each other in real life. Thus, the only people able to see and/or comment on the dead person's page will be people the dead person considered to be friends or acquaintances at least. Usually these people know each other as well, friend groups tend to be mutual.

Thus, you're far less likely to get the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory [penny-arcade.com] taking effect, because there's no anonymity involved.

Unconnected friends (1)

ToastyKen (10169) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884767)

I've also thought about how I have some friends who don't know any of my other friends. If either of us died, there would normally be no way for the other to find out about it through the grapevine. But now with Facebook, we would probably find out by seeing other people's wall posts. I think that's actually a valuable service.

Re:A Good Thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29884825)

that's not healthy at all ...

as a nice touch.. (1)

Briden (1003105) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884455)

I think they should turn all the pictures of you black and white. (or at least your profile pic)

Re:as a nice touch.. (5, Funny)

undertow3886 (605537) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884517)

They should do that and also stamp DECEASED in red block letters diagonally across the picture, like you see on someone's file in the movies.

Wall Posts (5, Interesting)

cnvandev (1538055) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884465)

I like the "memorialized" version of the page. How bad do you think it would be for someone to look through pictures of the recently deceased, go back to the profile and see all kinds of "Hey man, haven't seen you in a while...where've you been?" posts... I just hope there's no "Like" option for the change.

Accounts of the Dead (1)

Improv (2467) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884475)

Did anyone else think "Accounts of the Dead" would be a great George Romero movie?

DeathBook (1)

denis-The-menace (471988) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884997)

Na, call the movie "DeathBook"

plot: someone tells Facebook that you are dead and HOW you die by a freak accident. Then, within 24 hours, that said freak accident REALLY kills you.

Quick! somebody create a DeathBook.com web site!

somewhat amusing... (1)

martas (1439879) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884479)

This is a pretty funny "issue", one of those things that I don't think they ever even thought of before it came up... I actually recently lost a brother, and I'd been wondering what was going to happen to his page.

But ... (1)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884515)

... I'm not dead yet ... He's only Mostly Dead ... Braaaaaainnsssssss

They always did this... (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884519)

On a limited basis; are they now going to be preserving the account forever?

It was something like 60 days IIRC (probably 30 or 90 given my memory). After this period of time, the account would be deleted.

Does it lock down access to? (2, Funny)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884521)

People won't bother to claim they died if it means it locks them out of their account as well.

After all, a real dead person can't update his/her status.

So, how do I turn off this . . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29884531)

. . . . deathswitch?

Money (1)

golden age villain (1607173) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884539)

I assume that they will then be allowed to use the pictures and whatever other data those people uploaded as they wish. Good move Facebook! The dead are unlikely to complain about terms of services.

Next Up: (5, Funny)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884549)

Myspace, in their desperate bid to stay relevant against Facebook, will introduce the "pour a 40" option, which is exactly the same; but much tackier.

Re:Next Up: (1)

itsenrique (846636) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884669)

mod parent up, i just got coke up my nose (cola)!!

What about... (0, Redundant)

wytten (163159) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884557)

What about people who aren't actually dead, but have jumped the shark?

EH? (1)

poetmatt (793785) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884565)

didn't this come up before, and there were serious privacy violations/other issues involving facebook trying to keep up dead people's profiles? I don't remember if it was a celebrity thing.

Mark Twain's (3, Funny)

bugs2squash (1132591) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884575)

Facebook account says he's still alive.

Re:Mark Twain's (0, Redundant)

debrain (29228) | more than 4 years ago | (#29885021)

Facebook account says he's still alive.

The rumour of his death was greatly exaggerated.

Please tell me... (1)

ACS Solver (1068112) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884581)

that I'm not the only one who finds this creepy. But what do I know, I'm one of those curmudgeons that don't use any social networking sites. I just really hope that they allow relatives of deceased people to not just move accounts of the dead to the Facebook Cemetery, but also to have them removed completely. Maybe relatives don't want the deceased person's posts and pics to be available to everyone forever. Heck, maybe the deceased person themselves wanted his or her account removed in case of death.

Re:Please tell me... (2, Funny)

diskofish (1037768) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884661)

Heck, maybe the deceased person themselves wanted his or her account removed in case of death.

Guess they should have thought of that before they created their Facebook account. :-/

Re:Please tell me... (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884697)

There's nothing creepy about having a clear, published policy.

Old News (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29884583)

This optional feature has been around on FB for the past year. It's similar to the "In memory of" you see on the backs of some peoples' cars, only it catalogs a place full of content he or she posted themselves. Some people like having their FB wall to write postmortem messages, or to tell them they are missed. I like the idea as it makes coping easier, IMO.

Makes Sense (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29884617)

Facebook is now the only way I hear or know about some members of my extended family and old friends. Sure, if facebook didn't exist, I would (may?) have made contact in some other way, but for now, it's what works. As long as it is the de facto standard for keeping in touch, memorializing accounts can allow for the shared grief between people I might not otherwise be able to commiserate.

According to his Facebook page (1)

ClosedSource (238333) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884633)

Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still valiantly holding on in his fight to remain dead.

Status update (1)

kmac06 (608921) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884643)

The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

My Brother's MySpace Account. (4, Interesting)

TheWizardTim (599546) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884679)

When I found out that my brother had cancer, one of the first things that I did was talk to my dad about getting account info for his email and MySpace page. Matt never moved over to Facebook. When he died, we were able to send a message to his friends, and let people know what happened. A friend of his set up a FaceBook group to remember him. It has been a huge help to read stories and good thoughts from the people who knew him. I am glad that FaceBook is doing this.

Rest in Peace Matt.

Hotblack Desiato's status: (2, Funny)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884683)

Dead for tax purposes.

How long before posthumous postings are allowed? (1)

VShael (62735) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884689)

Suppose I give my password to a sibling. Can the account still be accessed? As an atheist, I would be amused if my brother updated a facebook entry maybe once a year on my birthday. "Still dead. Still no sign of god."

Re:How long before posthumous postings are allowed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29884729)

You're a pretty lousy atheist if you entertain the idea of being "amused" after death.

Re:How long before posthumous postings are allowed (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884755)

So, you believe in the afterlife, or you mean you'd be amused, if you were still around to care...

Watch the network decay! (4, Interesting)

The Archon V2.0 (782634) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884691)

Here's a thought - dead people's friends will eventually die. It follows that entire social circles will eventually die. This almost makes me hope that Facebook will thrive for the next however many years so someone can make one of those social-circle friend-of-friend graphs you sometimes see, except animated to show changes over time with dead links - no pun intended - graying out. Would probably be quite interesting and maybe pretty - growing at the edges, new nodes blossoming into existence, old connections fading, old nodes darkening. Like a more random version of Conway's Game of Life.

Re:Watch the network decay! (1)

Savior_on_a_Stick (971781) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884743)

It would look like a mandelbrot set

Ah! (1)

Dr Egg (1451323) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884735)

Now I understand why everyone is dying to get on Facebook!

RIP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29884757)

I hope they use a nice CSS for the page... shades of grey mainly. Will they grey out rgb profile pics too? :)

Re:RIP (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884783)

Maybe they'll let the family customize it. I know I wouldn't want one of my parents to have a black & white memorial page, but I'm sure some people might find it to be an appropriate touch.

Re:RIP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29884845)

Lol, and fbook will probably try to make money from memorial flowers at $1 ...the "add as friend" button will probably need greying out :)

what a spin (5, Insightful)

fulldecent (598482) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884761)

>> Social-networking site Facebook is planning to preserve the accounts of dead members. The new 'memorialized' accounts will continue to display photos and wall posts, but remove 'sensitive information' such as status updates and contact information.

So... basically what you are saying is Facebook's new data retention policy is "we retain your data forever, no excuses."

What if... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29884793)

What if the a person died from being a Facebook addict? I guess it would be like those who die from playing too much games. This person wouldn't eat, drink or sleep properly but instead just hang on Facebook until finally his/her body gives up. The irony that this person must continue to have a Facebook profile, the very thing that killed him/her -- even in death, is just weird.

No more reconnects with dead friends, aww (2, Interesting)

jfenwick (961674) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884813)

Facebook is always telling me "Reconnect with X", where X is my friend who committed suicide. It kind of bothered me the first time it happened, although now I just see it as darkly humorous.

Is There Room For: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29884839)

Microsoft: The Monopoly Created By I.B.M. [microsoft.com] ?

Yours In Novosibirsk,
K. Trout

This isn't a DOS attack. (1)

DdJ (10790) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884849)

Snuffing it on facebook before your time is not much of an issue, as they explicitly don't disable the account's ability to actually log in. If you wake up one day to find out you're dead, you can still log in, and that provides a pretty decent avenue for contesting the claim.

And I'd rather not go into how I know.

I'm not dead yet (3, Funny)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884857)

ob: Monty Python
I'm not dead yet!
Yes he is.
No I'm not.
Is there something you can do?
[thwack]

Timing (4, Insightful)

Tarlus (1000874) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884885)

Facebook to preserve accounts of the dead

Does it feel inappropriate that they announce this right before Halloween?

Halloween? Coincidence? (1)

junctionvin (128333) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884895)

Facebooks of the Dead. It does sound scary.

Aliases (1)

MonsterTrimble (1205334) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884925)

I wonder about people who use aliases on facebook (we KNOW they exist but aren't "allowed" in the facebook TOS) I have had two friends die in the past six months (One from cancer, another in a fire) who both used aliases. How does one go about having these people memorialized/removed from facebook if no obituary or news article exists using the alias? Granted there would be some obvious signs - facebook groups in memory of, memories on the walls, a stoppage to facebook updates etc. - but if the rule is hard and fast you're toast.

Hello, shark (2, Funny)

mevets (322601) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884943)

That thing jumping over you is a web2 remnant....

I'm certain twitter will have an auto twat service for the dead. "This twit is no more" "He has ceased to be". .....

Cybernetic Zombies and Vampires (1)

xjimhb (234034) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884965)

Well, I guess this opens up a new field in horror writing!

verification off-internet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29884971)

although it's not clear how Facebook can validate the death of a member if neither of those pieces of information is published on the internet.

*gasp* don't tell me someone will have to do a real world verification!! we will never achieve the Matrix if the real world keeps holding us back!!

What about (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884973)

What about all those people that everyone knows is dead, but aren't? Abe Vigoda for example.
How much time are the facebook administrators really going to spend for people like this? I doubt they will spend much more time than the slashdot editors spen on any one article.

Bill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29884977)

I just killed off Bill Gates (bill-gates on facebook), I found all I needed to know on wikipedia and google to fill out the deceased form, and I did it as Paul Allen and used http://www.billgatesisdead.com/ [billgatesisdead.com] as proof. While I know it will never fly and surely they will throw it out, it was rather satisfying trying.

how long will this last (1)

mikesd81 (518581) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884985)

until the drive space is taken up? Drive storage can get expensive.

Will we still be able to 'poke' after people die? (1)

motherpusbucket (1487695) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884989)

That'd be a little creepy.......

future history (1)

tbischel (862773) | more than 4 years ago | (#29884999)

We've looked to people's personal letters and diaries in the past to gain incite on how they viewed the events of their days. Even in this modern era of information, how much of this window will be lost to future generations, as people are able to better control access to their personal material? I doubt my email will be as accessible as my great grandfathers letters in a hundred years. Apparently, my facebook page will be gone as well. I'm not saying its a bad thing, I for one value that I can keep personal correspondence private. I just wonder how future generations will view it.
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