One of the saddest things I’ve ever seen on the internet was a Facebook status. It was for a girl who said something to the lines of, “WE GONNA GET OUR PARTY ON!”, and then at the bottom, someone had commented that she died in a drunk driving accident. And sure enough, she had.
Facebook, in between bouts of trying to find a profit-making business model, has decided the potential to memorialize a Facebook page. Get it bronzed, if you will, as your own personal section of the internet. Like, last week, when a girl was killed by a truck on the north side of Chi, friends made her Facebook into a memorial. Now you can make it official.
Facebook requires you to fill out a form with the basic information, but you must submit a proof of death. Such as an internet article. And it’d be really, really hard to fabricate internet articles saying that someone died.
Oh, Lord, this is just going to be used for inane prankery, isn’t it? Just submit your friend’s death, link it to a ready-made article on a website, and bam, legions of crying relatives and mothers. Oh, humanity.
Also, I think it’s creepy. Facebook would probably just try to use your dead relative to sell banner space.