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2012-12-09 01:42:22 AM  
You lose face?
 
2012-12-09 03:10:26 AM  
Co-worker died in an accident a couple of years ago his page is still there.
 
2012-12-09 08:16:39 AM  
I still get Linked-in messages from a good friend who was murdered two years ago.

I don't even use Linked-in
 
2012-12-09 08:20:30 AM  
My friend who died recently just "resigned" from a Words With Friends game we had going. That was a nice little gut punch when I was just starting to feel better.
 
2012-12-09 08:29:24 AM  
I just watched a bunch of people post birthday messages to a dead guy a couple of days ago.
 
2012-12-09 08:55:36 AM  
In before "Nothing, because I don't have a Facebook profile. Never have, never will. You are all sheeple."
 
2012-12-09 08:58:23 AM  
A girl I went to HS with died in 1998. She and my sister were pretty good friends so I knew her pretty well. Her sister started a memorial page for her on FB a couple years ago. Every few months I get a friend request from Amy _____ with her senior pic as profile. Creeps me the fark out.
 
2012-12-09 09:00:46 AM  
You "Like" Target two years later. That was strange to see.
 
2012-12-09 09:01:48 AM  
My sister posts a memorial message to my dad's facebook page every year on his birthday. I think the whole thing is weird, but whatever helps her out. I'd have removed the page.
 
2012-12-09 09:01:49 AM  
A friend of mine was recently murdered by her husband, Facebook keeps suggesting I poke her.
 
2012-12-09 09:02:50 AM  
Once I'm gone, I assume it will turn into a pyramid of dust.
 
2012-12-09 09:10:09 AM  

LarryDan43: A friend of mine was recently murdered by her husband, Facebook keeps suggesting I poke her.


Wasnt that the plot of "Stand By Me."
 
2012-12-09 09:11:07 AM  
Once I'm gone you are all responsible for destroying my computers and deleting my Facebook profile. My Fark profile may go to the highest bidder for trolling purposes.
 
2012-12-09 09:12:09 AM  
True story: I found out last week that a college friend of mine died in 2008.

When I signed up for Facebook in 2009, he was one of the first people I friended. I noticed there was no activity on his wall, but I figured he was going through one of his phases where he'd deleted everything.

A couple months later, I noticed he's unfriended me. All I can think is that his mother (who never liked me) is maintaining his account and doing occasional groundskeeping.
 
2012-12-09 09:14:10 AM  
I just hope my friends drop by and take care of the digital flowers in my CemeteryVille
 
2012-12-09 09:14:32 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: True story: I found out last week that a college friend of mine died in 2008.

When I signed up for Facebook in 2009, he was one of the first people I friended. I noticed there was no activity on his wall, but I figured he was going through one of his phases where he'd deleted everything.

A couple months later, I noticed he's unfriended me. All I can think is that his mother (who never liked me) is maintaining his account and doing occasional groundskeeping.


Or his taste in friends changed after he died.
 
2012-12-09 09:17:06 AM  

St_Francis_P: Or his taste in friends changed after he died.


Well, that was the thing: when he dropped me we hadn't spoken in three years or so at that point. I think the last time we talked was the night Hunter Thompson killed himself.
 
2012-12-09 09:17:45 AM  
Well, if your profile is a Christian it ascends to heaven, and gets to hang out with Steve Jobs, and that one douchebag you get when you make a facebook profile as a friend.

If your profile is NOT a Christian, it burns in a lake of fire for all eternity.
 
2012-12-09 09:21:01 AM  
If you die on facebook do you die in real life?
 
2012-12-09 09:25:24 AM  
Hopefully, I live forever.

Unlike in the real world.
 
2012-12-09 09:26:56 AM  
Facebook finds a way to make money of it.
 
2012-12-09 09:30:47 AM  
It's not about Christian or non-, BronyMedic, it's whether you believe in the One True Cylon God and are pseudo-resurrected in the mainframe where your digital "soul" gets to live in virtual perpetuity until uploaded into a new body (or bodies).
 
2012-12-09 09:32:59 AM  

randomjsa: Facebook finds a way to make money of it.


Please, Facebook can't figure out how to profit off the living.
 
2012-12-09 09:34:38 AM  

Grotesk: It's not about Christian or non-, BronyMedic, it's whether you believe in the One True Cylon God and are pseudo-resurrected in the mainframe where your digital "soul" gets to live in virtual perpetuity until uploaded into a new body (or bodies).


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POWERED BY THE SOULS OF FORSAKEN CHILDREN, NO LESS!
 
2012-12-09 09:35:33 AM  
I had a manager at my job who was also a tattoo artist. I had gotten to meet Weird Al Yankovic after a concert and Al had autographed my arm. My boss tattooed it on for me.

A couple of weeks ago, I met David Blaine. He also autographed my arm. I thought I'd look up my old boss on Facebook as he would get a kick out of that. I found his memorial page instead. He had died about four years ago.
 
2012-12-09 09:37:29 AM  
borg: Co-worker died in an accident a couple of years ago his page is still there.

Yeah, I was about to say the same thing.

/I'm sure a different co worker since we are in different states on opposite sides of the country
 
2012-12-09 09:39:50 AM  
"Your fried Bob died."
17 Likes
 
2012-12-09 09:40:13 AM  
Meet your real soul-mate on my new dating service, e-Death.com tm
 
2012-12-09 09:41:48 AM  
BronyMedic: Grotesk: It's not about Christian or non-, BronyMedic, it's whether you believe in the One True Cylon God and are pseudo-resurrected in the mainframe where your digital "soul" gets to live in virtual perpetuity until uploaded into a new body (or bodies).

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POWERED BY THE SOULS OF FORSAKEN CHILDREN, NO LESS!


Why? Because you call it by a different name? Church, lab. Soul, synapses. Purgatory, computer. Get over yourself!
 
2012-12-09 09:42:24 AM  
I can't be the only one with "Lake of Fire" stuck in my head now, right?
 
2012-12-09 09:42:39 AM  
imgs.xkcd.com

Speaking seriously, one friend's page became a memorial wall for a little while. I found it cathartic.
 
2012-12-09 09:42:43 AM  

TheOther: Meet your real soul-mate on my new dating service, e-Death.com tm


Older than FaceBook
 
2012-12-09 09:47:30 AM  
Three years later half your Facebook friends who you havent spoken to in years still 'like' your profile on your birthday and post a two line message.
 
2012-12-09 09:55:06 AM  
You all realize that one day all the archived posts of Fark will be from dead people.

The wheel turns
 
2012-12-09 10:03:20 AM  
mrlewish: You all realize that one day all the archived posts of Fark will be from dead people.

The wheel turns


Nah, I plan on passing down my handle when I am too old to troll anymore.... Oldiron had grown so rich, he wanted to retire. He took me to his cabin and he told me his secret. 'I am not the Dread Troll Oldiron he said. 'My name is Ryan; I inherited the handle from the previous Dread Pirate Troll Oldiron, just as you will inherit it from me. The man I inherited it from is not the real Dread Troll Oldiron either. His name was Cummerbund. The real Oldiron has been retired 15 years and living like a king in Patagonia
 
2012-12-09 10:03:46 AM  
Well, this would explain why FB claims to have more members than the total population of the planet.
 
2012-12-09 10:04:30 AM  
I would hope that the people in my life would know enough so that one of them would log in and maintain the page for a while, speaking from my perspective beyond the grave and keeping everyone generally entertained/offended.
 
2012-12-09 10:14:18 AM  
I had to defriend 2 people that passed away. It was really was wierd to get ones Horoscopes and Target likes. I looked up the last convo we had. reminiced for a moment and then unfriended. It was actually a pretty sad day.
 
2012-12-09 10:20:08 AM  
I heard Zuckerberg auctions off your page to the highest bidder.
 
2012-12-09 10:31:08 AM  
If future technology can resurrect me based on my Facebook information, then I better be more careful about what I post.
 
2012-12-09 10:32:34 AM  
When my father-in-law died in September, his family couldn't figure out how to log-in to his laptop to sign-out of Facebook. They could just keep the thing charged until they could reset the thing. For two weeks, when I logged in to Facebook, it would tel me "Dave is online." It was creepy as hell.

/csb
 
2012-12-09 10:35:11 AM  

The_Six_Fingered_Man: In before "Nothing, because I don't have a Facebook profile. Never have, never will. You are all sheeple."


Those people are all on Facebook right now...
 
2012-12-09 10:36:27 AM  

The_Six_Fingered_Man: Nothing, because I don't have a Facebook profile. Never have, never will. You are all sheeple.


Nothing, because I don't have a Facebook profile. Never have, never will. You are all sheeple.
 
2012-12-09 10:36:33 AM  
it would be awesome if they changed the pictures and color scheme to grayscale for people that died. classy and artsy even.
 
2012-12-09 10:37:38 AM  
A thought that never changes
Remains a stupid lie
It's never been quite the same
No hearing or breathing
No movement, no colors
Just silence

Rise and fall of shame
A search that shall remain
We asked you what you'd seen
You said you didn't care

Sound formed in a vacuum
May seem a waste of time
It's always been just the same
No hearing or breathing
No movement no lyrics
Just nothing

The sign that leads the way
The path we can not take
You've caught me at a bad time
So why don't you piss off -YSF, NO
 
2012-12-09 10:43:19 AM  
It goes to the great file server in the sky?
 
2012-12-09 11:12:05 AM  
Facebook takes ownership of your soul of course.

Everything you ever posted is forever owned by facebook.
 
2012-12-09 11:15:05 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: True story: I found out last week that a college friend of mine died in 2008.

When I signed up for Facebook in 2009, he was one of the first people I friended. I noticed there was no activity on his wall, but I figured he was going through one of his phases where he'd deleted everything.

A couple months later, I noticed he's unfriended me. All I can think is that his mother (who never liked me) is maintaining his account and doing occasional groundskeeping.


Wait, if he died in 08 and you friended him in 09, who accepted your request? Was it the mom, checking who you are, making sure before she unfriended you? Or is it simple mistyping? The public has a right to know!

My weird dead friend FB story was when I first signed up I found a friend who I had lost touch with 20 or so years before and sent a request:" Hey, great to see you are still around, let's catch up!"
The response was from his wife: "Oh he died several years ago, we just maintain the page, do you have any old pictures of him from when you were younger? We don't have many to show the kids." and then the long sob story about how it took a couple of years for him to die and how hard it was.

It was awful.
 
2012-12-09 11:15:19 AM  
One friend made a page for his cat and his cat asked to be my friend but I'm not going to start friending animals, so that invite sat there for months. Then one day I thought of something cruelly sarcastic that needed to be said to that cat so I went to friend it but I checked my friend's page first and he was all sad because his cat died that weekend. Disaster averted!

/he's not the kind of guy makes a cat page due to his gay love for cats. He was just being annoying.
 
kth
2012-12-09 11:16:04 AM  
Your sister posts pictures of her new vanity plate that says "luvunameofdeadguy" Or her creepy new tattoo memorializing him? It wasn't a portrait, but it was still a little bit weird.

although most of the posting on my friend's page was not as weird. Mainly pictures of everyone drinking with him and posting "carpe scrotum."

Seize life by the balls
 
2012-12-09 11:28:43 AM  
I have a friend with my sick sense of humor enlisted to keep posting for me about my adventures in the afterlife if I die
 
2012-12-09 11:36:01 AM  
ThisThreadAgain.jpg
 
2012-12-09 11:38:50 AM  

Digitalstrange: I have a friend with my sick sense of humor enlisted to keep posting for me about my adventures in the afterlife if I die



I took over my grandmother's account (as well as her cat) . . . and "she" will occasionally chime in on a family conversations for messages from beyond ("Tech support doesn't speak English here, either!")



/ another guy pretending to be a girl on the internet
 
2012-12-09 11:47:01 AM  
I took over my grandmother's account (as well as her cat) . . . and "she" will occasionally chime in on a family conversations for messages from beyond ("Tech support doesn't speak English here, either!")

/ another guy pretending to be a girl on the internet

Tits or GTFO.
 
2012-12-09 11:54:14 AM  
...I am a friend of Anthony's. I wish I could call you all to inform you personally and this is probably a crappy way to find this out but our dear friend Anthony aka Ant aka Dare Dellcan has passed away...

The internet cat is out of the bag. Facebook and Twitter are the best, fastest, most practical ways to find out about a death. Authorities are bound to use the next-of-kin model, but witnesses will tweet.
 
2012-12-09 12:01:58 PM  
Who farking cares, you're dead.
 
2012-12-09 12:28:33 PM  

Arkanaut: It goes to the great file server in the sky?


It goes nowhere. You're still part of the billion users of Facebook. Or was it two billion? Yes, that's it--TWO BILLION users of Facebook. And not one of those profiles is for a product, a dead person, never-used accounts, pets, or a troll account made in 2009 that was funny as hell for week, then forgotten about.

EVERYONE is on Facebook. You're missing out. Come, come sign up.......TWO BILLION (wait, I think we're almost up to three!) users can't be wrong.
 
2012-12-09 12:29:24 PM  
One of my good friends passed away just this last year and he subscribed to one of those items that randomly posts crap on his wall about once a month. So I get a reminder that yeah, he's still dead.

Sad thing is, even in death, he still gets more girls than I do.
 
2012-12-09 12:32:02 PM  
i found out about my ex's suicide through myspace so i'm really getting a kick...

3 other friends who killed themselves deleted their facebook pages first.

social networking is fun!
 
2012-12-09 02:02:27 PM  

Gunny Highway: You "Like" Target two years later. That was strange to see.


Yup. A friend who recently died keeps liking Macys. I also kept seeing that she recently played Farmville.
 
2012-12-09 02:41:41 PM  
Sometime in mid-July, Anthony Dowdell put on his favorite plaid shirt, drove his Dodge pickup to the parking lot of a Sam's Club in Linden, N.J., leaned back in the driver's seat, and shot himself.

It was a cold, cruel world for Anthony, and now the time had come at last to end his senseless misery with a hard cold splatter of blood and flesh against the otherwise pristine headliner of the now de-valued vehicle.

But back to Facebook....
 
2012-12-09 04:09:17 PM  

LarryDan43: A friend of mine was recently murdered by her husband, Facebook keeps suggesting I poke her.


A friend of mine recently murdered his wife and then killed himself. He didn't do facebook, but she did.

It's still farking bizarre.
 
2012-12-09 04:36:19 PM  
Facebook should really consider a setting allowing a family or friends to turn someone's Facebook page into a memorial page or shut it down.
 
2012-12-09 04:59:43 PM  
borg
2012-12-09 03:10:26 AM
Co-worker died in an accident a couple of years ago his page is still there.
===================================================================== = =======

A family friend died in a car accident about a year and a half ago. Not only is her page still there just as it was when she died, but it still suggests every couple of weeks that I become friends with her.

Always saddens me.

/A classmate of mine died about 3-4 years ago (still don't know from what, he was in hospice when he died though) and his page is still there.
 
2012-12-09 05:05:55 PM  
Mom died a couple years ago because of a brain tumor. Last I check, her Facebook profile is still live.
 
2012-12-09 05:29:40 PM  

IamKaiserSoze!!!: I still get Linked-in messages from a good friend who was murdered two years ago.

I don't even use Linked-in


Same. I even tried to tell LinkedIn that she was dead. She's still there.

/I don't mind the profile being up, but there should be a way to mark someone who's dead.
 
2012-12-09 07:03:58 PM  

stuhayes2010: randomjsa: Facebook finds a way to make money of it.

Please, Facebook can't figure out how to profit off the living.


I remember many years ago people used to make jokes like that about Amazon.
 
2012-12-09 07:05:49 PM  

dwade: LarryDan43: A friend of mine was recently murdered by her husband, Facebook keeps suggesting I poke her.

Wasnt that the plot of "Stand By Me."


I came to post Ray Brower was poked by Gordie Lachance but I've been beaten like an unwanted younger son.
 
2012-12-09 07:48:06 PM  
eldest son inherits your friends - DUH
 
2012-12-09 08:17:43 PM  
www.colourbox.com
Solokumba has changed his profile picture.
 
2012-12-09 08:31:15 PM  

Oldiron_79: BronyMedic: Grotesk: It's not about Christian or non-, BronyMedic, it's whether you believe in the One True Cylon God and are pseudo-resurrected in the mainframe where your digital "soul" gets to live in virtual perpetuity until uploaded into a new body (or bodies).

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POWERED BY THE SOULS OF FORSAKEN CHILDREN, NO LESS!

Why? Because you call it by a different name? Church, lab. Soul, synapses. Purgatory, computer. Get over yourself!


The ancient Egyptians believed that when you died your body separated from your animating spirit and your Earthly personality, where each was prepared for your afterlife in its own way so that some day you would be recombined into your celestial, perfect self. Up until now, the Western tradition had borrowed a bit from that, but left out the separation of the personality from the lifeforce. The Internet now becomes the hieroglyphic record on the tomb wall for the modern world. Maybe the Internet Archive should consider copying the domains, blogs, YouTube vids, social networking pages, forum posts and such of deceased Netizens and storing them in a special server array called the Duat. Or a secure ring of hierarchal servers called DataHenge. Or more generically, The AfterNet.

mrlewish: You all realize that one day all the archived posts of Fark will be from dead people.

The wheel turns


Just think, if virtual ghosts are made from people's Fark ID's, then their alts would get an afterlife, too. That might be how you end up in Internet heaven or hell: You must spend eternity with all of your online personas, so if you're a hater or troll online, you have that ghost haunting you forever.
 
2012-12-09 10:02:36 PM  

Grotesk: It's not about Christian or non-, BronyMedic, it's whether you believe in the One True Cylon God and are pseudo-resurrected in the mainframe where your digital "soul" gets to live in virtual perpetuity until uploaded into a new body (or bodies).


Really hope they do this I'm my lifetime - at least the whole VR backup thing, if not the replicant bodies.

I know it won't be "me," but a *copy* if me, but still, I think I'd appreciate it if a former me gave me the life I have now.

So, from me to possible me: you're welcome in advance; don't fark it up this time.
 
2012-12-09 10:35:44 PM  
Mine will rule you farkers with an iron fist.

Wait and see, laughing boy. Wait and see.
 
2012-12-09 10:36:33 PM  
I feel fine, but I think I might need to delete some chat conversations. Oh would some people be shocked...
 
2012-12-10 12:12:19 AM  
Technology is really a mixed blessing after someone dies. This thread made me check out my mother's facebook profile, which should have been memorialized after she died (I requested it months ago) and then listen to the voicemails i can't bring myself to delete from my phone.

Like I said, mixed blessing.
 
2012-12-10 01:37:44 AM  
One of my college friends who died three years ago liked and supported Mitt Romney for President. His wife maintains the page, and I haven't been able to bring myself to delete him.
 
2012-12-10 02:03:16 AM  
Wasn't a person's internet presence one of the major plot points in Caprica?
 
2012-12-10 03:13:40 AM  

Lernaeus: Grotesk: It's not about Christian or non-, BronyMedic, it's whether you believe in the One True Cylon God and are pseudo-resurrected in the mainframe where your digital "soul" gets to live in virtual perpetuity until uploaded into a new body (or bodies).

Really hope they do this I'm my lifetime - at least the whole VR backup thing, if not the replicant bodies.

I know it won't be "me," but a *copy* if me, but still, I think I'd appreciate it if a former me gave me the life I have now.

So, from me to possible me: you're welcome in advance; don't fark it up this time.


Not to get all motivational-speakery, but if you're older than 11 years and have no permanent implants or lingering dead bits, you're already a whole-cloth copy of the person who originally had your name, In fact, if you're 33 or older, you're not even a second-generation copy anymore. One can think of it like a wave in the ocean, where the wave moves through but the water molecules stay pretty much in one place. Or like you've regenerated a la Doctor Who, only really, really slowly. So if you're looking for an excuse or inspiration having to do with a fresh start, you've already got one. (Though in my experience, faking your death and getting a new identity from a top-notch document forger can go a long way, too.)

JPINFV: Wasn't a person's internet presence one of the major plot points in Caprica?


Why, yes, yes it was.

And while I'm about it regarding Caprica, if our online presence becomes a "living" ghost of us in the future, and we are careful to only put forth our best and cleverest face on the IntarWebz, wouldn't that make our Cylon shade potentially a better and worthier version of ourselves? And if somehow that virtual self were to come online before we bodily died, would they be more deserving of the identity? Would there possibly be a Return Of Martin Guerre scenario, only in which the copy wins the trial and the right to be considered the original just because they're genuinely a better, more beloved, worthier version of that person? Like if, in Caprica, the original Zoe Greystone had lived and returned at some point but was a twisted fanatic who revelled in having killed everyone on that train and was bent on further mass slaughter, including her parents, but some way was found to delete her mind and install into that living body the virtual Zoe, who was, after all, just an elaborate avatar but who had far more humanity, which one would have more right to live that life? And would it make a difference if "bad" Zoe was more willing to be naked on-screen?
 
2012-12-10 04:01:43 AM  
When my ex's aunt died, someone (presumably one of her kids) took over her account and kept posting the same kind of "inspirational" (i.e. religious) stuff she would've posted, wishing people happy birthday, etc. I eventually had my fill of that creepiness and un-friended her.

A technology colleague passed away a year or so ago, and has been quiet since, but he always opposed spam, and I guess that extends to the afterlife.
 
2012-12-10 09:26:50 AM  
i.imgur.com

Where do Facebook friends go when they DIEEEEEEE
 
2012-12-10 12:11:01 PM  
I'm friends with a dead guy on facebook.
 
2012-12-10 03:01:48 PM  

Civil Discourse: I just hope my friends drop by and take care of the digital flowers in my CemeteryVille


haha
 
2012-12-10 03:08:43 PM  

theurge14: [i.imgur.com image 315x286]

Where do Facebook friends go when they DIEEEEEEE


They don't go to ZOMBO were the angels fly.
They go to lake of chans and fry.
 
2012-12-10 03:13:49 PM  

SomethingToDo: theurge14: [i.imgur.com image 315x286]

Where do Facebook friends go when they DIEEEEEEE

They don't go to ZOMBO were the angels fly.
They go to lake of chans and fry.


userserve-ak.last.fm

Is not amused.
 
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