An odd thing on Facebook

A few years ago, I went on a kick of enfriending basically everyone that I knew from my home town in Alaska and I ended up with one friend who was one of the little kids in my church growing up. Of course, he grew up and was apparently gay and had issues with depression.

Sometime earlier this year, he ended up committing suicide.

That means that now I have a dead friend. Since Facebook doesn't seem to have a policy of purging its users of the dead or just people who don't use Facebook often, it looks like his profile will just continue on espousing "long live the flying spaghetti monster" as a religious view.

On one hand, it's kind of odd that the page will probably last for as long as facebook does. (What is the lifetime of a social networking site anyway?) On the other hand, it's a little bit comforting that the web will remember you even if the rest of the world doesn't.


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  1. I've been wondering how long it would be before I heard a story like this from any of my facebook friends. Do you think many of the soldiers killed in Iraq had facebook pages?

    Although the web would remember you, you can't posthumously approve new friends. So your memory would only last in any meaningful sense until all your facebook friends died. That's eerily like real life.

    A less life or death issue: I also wonder how many people have posted photos on facebook and then had their laptop stolen or crushed, and now their only copies of photos from the last five years now are the low res facebook ones.

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