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===Facebook Profiles as Living Tombstones===
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===Definition===
Recently when someone with a Facebook profile passes away their wall functions as a digital homage to that person. People write present-tense addresses to the deceased person in this public space, knowing full well that they have passed away and will not be looking at these messages.<ref>Lee, David. There's life after death if you're online. Social networking sites are having to devise policies to deal with the death of a user - and some are getting it more right than others] The Guardian. Published 7 August 2008, accessed 30 June 2011. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/aug/07/socialnetworking.myspace</ref> Given that tombstones can be difficult to reach and expensive in real life, a virtual tombstone seems to fill a natural void by allowing friends and family to browse pictures, look at their accomplishments/friends, write a homage to the person, and generally reminisce without leaving their seat. It is recommended to have someone you trust know your passwords so that they can effectively manage your virtual self<ref>Cheng, Jacqui. Death and social media: what happens to your life online? Ars Technica. Published March 2010, Accessed June 2011. http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/03/death-and-social-media-what-happens-to-your-life-online.ars </ref> in case you pass away.  
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A virtual tombstone is a non-physical memorial site or placeholder for the identity or social presence of a loved one who has passed away. Virtual tombstones can take the shape of a memorial website, social network page or other digital entity. The page can include space for comments, condolences, pictures and other memories.
  
"Poking" dead people is considered bad form.
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Given that tombstones can be difficult to reach and expensive in real life, a virtual tombstone seems to fill a natural void by allowing friends and family to browse pictures, look at their accomplishments/friends, write a homage to the person, and generally reminisce without leaving their seat. It is becoming increasingly common for people to store their passwords with someone they trust so that they can effectively manage that virtual self<ref>Cheng, Jacqui. Death and social media: what happens to your life online? Ars Technica. Published March 2010, Accessed June 2011. http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/03/death-and-social-media-what-happens-to-your-life-online.ars</ref> in case they pass away.
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Those who have passed away may leave profiles on social networks. Those who do not know that the person has is not longer alive may leave messages for the deceased person in present tense. Sometimes visitors will write present-tense addresses to the deceased person in this public space, knowing full well that they have passed away and will not be looking at these messages.<ref>Lee, David. There's life after death if you're online. Social networking sites are having to devise policies to deal with the death of a user - and some are getting it more right than others. The Guardian. Published 7 August 2008, accessed 30 June 2011. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/aug/07/socialnetworking.myspace</ref> Even though a virtual memorial site may invite and encourage a great deal of interaction, some forms of interaction are not encouraged. For example, "poking" dead people is considered bad form.
  
 
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Revision as of 18:00, 30 September 2011

Definition

A virtual tombstone is a non-physical memorial site or placeholder for the identity or social presence of a loved one who has passed away. Virtual tombstones can take the shape of a memorial website, social network page or other digital entity. The page can include space for comments, condolences, pictures and other memories.

Given that tombstones can be difficult to reach and expensive in real life, a virtual tombstone seems to fill a natural void by allowing friends and family to browse pictures, look at their accomplishments/friends, write a homage to the person, and generally reminisce without leaving their seat. It is becoming increasingly common for people to store their passwords with someone they trust so that they can effectively manage that virtual self[1] in case they pass away.

Those who have passed away may leave profiles on social networks. Those who do not know that the person has is not longer alive may leave messages for the deceased person in present tense. Sometimes visitors will write present-tense addresses to the deceased person in this public space, knowing full well that they have passed away and will not be looking at these messages.[2] Even though a virtual memorial site may invite and encourage a great deal of interaction, some forms of interaction are not encouraged. For example, "poking" dead people is considered bad form.

References

  1. Cheng, Jacqui. Death and social media: what happens to your life online? Ars Technica. Published March 2010, Accessed June 2011. http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/03/death-and-social-media-what-happens-to-your-life-online.ars
  2. Lee, David. There's life after death if you're online. Social networking sites are having to devise policies to deal with the death of a user - and some are getting it more right than others. The Guardian. Published 7 August 2008, accessed 30 June 2011. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/aug/07/socialnetworking.myspace