Facebook Unveils Postmortem Profile Option

This past week, Facebook announced that they are now offering a “memorialization” option for the profiles of deceased users. Friends and family can “memorialize” the accounts of dead loved ones, so that they are locked from future logins, stripped of contact information, and no longer appears in “Suggestions” (i.e. ‘You haven’t poked Joe in a while! Click to send him a message!’). The dead person profile option is obviously ripe for abuse. Here’s what was written about it on the official Facebook blog:

If you have a friend or a family member whose profile should be memorialized, please contact us, 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.

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  • radiac

    So is it only a matter of time before the dead outnumber the living on FB?

  • cuntimusmaximus

    i absolutely love the “Taylor Breedlow is dead” caption…and the pic of the casket.
    that's so wrong…(hehehehehe)

  • tenmilesky

    Religious Views: Yes (?)

  • radiac

    At least there will be fewer status updates…

  • tonyviner

    For what ever reason it may be, I was just wondering recently what would happen to my Facebook profile when I die. I am not sure who I should be more upset with; Facebook or myself.

  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    I have a family member who I only got to know through Facebook in the few months before his sudden death. It was awkwardly hilarious to see that he had been bitten in Vampire Wars the night before his death.

    His adult daughter still posts on his wall several times a week.

    Prior to Facebook, a parent of a friend who committed suicide set up a MySpace account for him well after his death and solicited former classmates to he his friend. People would post in his guestbook as though he had not died and his mother would reply as him. It took bizarre coping to a whole new level.

  • Meade

    I don’t have an account on Face Book,or Twitter,no dating site accounts,none of that crap.If you know me and you are considered my friend,to find out what I’m up to you just call or text me.You can get it right from the horses mouth.No logging on,no pass words,no looking for updates,no wasted time.You just ask me and I tell you what’s up.Actual human interaction.I know it is an ancient practice that became outdated with the invention of the internet,but it has always worked for me.Besides in the time it takes you to log on,I already know if I’m going out with friends or chillin at the crib,if I’m going to the movies,or going to Blockbuster to rent one,having dinner with a hottie,or heating up leftovers.I’m sorry if I sound cynical,but I prefer human contact.I hate it when you call somewhere and get the computer voice telling you push #1 for this,and #2 for that.And ten minutes later,you are still talking to a computer and getting pretty ticked off.Besides I prefer to rember my deceased friends and loved ones in my own way.And it has nothing to do with logging on and reading some A-holes assinine comment on a friends account.

  • me-mo

    that is too creepy.the dead having accounts right beside the living,what's next ?
    how about accounts for the dead on dating web sites.your friend is dead,my friend is dead let's hook them up.come on people,we can rember our deceased loved ones in better and more respectful ways than on these assanine web sites.in new orleans they have the best way i have heard of.they celibrate your life,instead of mourning your passing.that's my $.02 :)
    (o_|_/o)

  • Meade

    I don't have an account on Face Book,or Twitter,no dating site accounts,none of that crap.If you know me and you are considered my friend,to find out what I'm up to you just call or text me.You can get it right from the horses mouth.No logging on,no pass words,no looking for updates,no wasted time.You just ask me and I tell you what's up.Actual human interaction.I know it is an ancient practice that became outdated with the invention of the internet,but it has always worked for me.Besides in the time it takes you to log on,I already know if I'm going out with friends or chillin at the crib,if I'm going to the movies,or going to Blockbuster to rent one,having dinner with a hottie,or heating up leftovers.I'm sorry if I sound cynical,but I prefer human contact.I hate it when you call somewhere and get the computer voice telling you push #1 for this,and #2 for that.And ten minutes later,you are still talking to a computer and getting pretty ticked off.Besides I prefer to rember my deceased friends and loved ones in my own way.And it has nothing to do with logging on and reading some A-holes assinine comment on a friends account.