Social Networking After Death
from the friends-in-the-afterlife dept
Back when the social networking craze was first taking off, we wondered what it would mean when people died. What would happen to your profile after you passed on. With the success of MySpace, apparently it’s becoming a bigger issue. Ben Silver writes in with a link to an article about a site dedicated to recording the MySpace profiles of people who died, many by suicide. Now, some researchers are hoping to study the deceased MySpacers to see if their public post-death profiles (some of the suicides posted notes on MySpace first) are connected, and whether it resulted in additional people killing themselves. There’s clearly a lot of controversy over this, as some believe that any attention given to suicides leads to copycats — but hopefully the research will show whether there’s any truth to that in the social networking realm.