Facebook learns to deal with Death

We lost a couple of friends over the last few months, one who ended his life and another who was in a very bad car accident. Both their losses are felt throughout the friends circle, more so in their homes.

A few posts ago I had raised an interesting question about your digital self after you die. Although it is one of those topics which people are not really interested to talk about; it is something that everyone nearly takes interest to at least read. Or at least they should, because your digital self lasts a really long time after you are gone.

Facebook, like most times has taken note of this and has put a step in the right direction. When someone leaves us, they don’t leave our memories or the social network. To reflect that reality, Facebook created the idea of “memorialized” profiles as a place where people can save and share their memories of those who’ve passed.

The service from Facebook allows friends or family contact Facebook to request that a profile be memorialized. By memorializing the account of someone who has passed away, people will no longer see that person appear in their Suggestions, since Facebook is giving a lot of friend suggestions these days.

When an account is memorialized, they also set privacy so that only confirmed friends can see the profile or locate it in search. They also try to protect the deceased’s privacy by removing sensitive information such as contact information and status updates. Memorializing an account also prevents anyone from logging into it in the future, while still enabling friends and family to leave posts on the profile Wall in remembrance.

If you have a friend or a family member whose profile should be memorialized, please contact Facebook, so their memory can properly live on among their friends on Facebook. As time passes, the sting of losing someone you care about also fades but it never goes away. You can still visit that friend’s memorialized profile to remember the good times you had and share them with your mutual friends.

This is to Gopal and Vilas, may you guys rest in peace.

You can check out the Facebook blog with this information here http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=163091042130

  1. April 11th, 2010
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