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In memoriam (206.0)
Facebook has talked about the ability to switch user accounts to "memorial" pages when someone dies, or delete them, depending on the preferences of next of kin. I haven't really thought about this or noticed it affecting me in any way, but they must have just done something that caused a status change on those users so they show up as inactive. Apparently I have seven Facebook friends who have died, and their profile pages now say "Remembering ____." A little jarring.

Actually, make that eight. There's a recent "departure" who doesn't appear on the list yet.

It's interesting to see how people "interact" with dead friends on Facebook, including birthday messages remembering them. Writing on someone's wall is the modern equivalent of talking to their gravestone, I guess.
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emaline412 From: emaline412 Date: December 14th, 2015 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Doug

A friend of mine died five years ago, and I still get notifications in my news feed when people write to him on birthdays or other meaningful dates to people who were once his friends. Jarring and a bit heartbreaking. But somehow comforting, too.

Edited at 2015-12-14 02:03 pm (UTC)
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: December 16th, 2015 03:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Doug

I guess it's nice to be able to interact with, and see the interactions of others with, the online representations of those who are no longer with us.
sunnycrittenden From: sunnycrittenden Date: December 21st, 2015 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Weird. I haven't seen this yet but I know it's gonna freak me right the fuck out the first time I do.
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