Facebook - 500 Million, But What Happens When Friends Die?

Facebook - 500 Million, But What Happens When Friends Die?

Growth at Facebook has been unbelievable and not a surprise that its user rolls will get to 500 million, but last fall a childhood friend died, and a few months later I was taken aback after Facebook asked me to post on his wall. Since so many new Facebook users are grandparents and over 60 more and more Facebook members will be dying sooner rather than later. A recent article questioned how Facebook determines that some members have died so they can be removed from Facebook, or whether pages should be saved as a memorial. Interesting issue, but then again, if members are never deleted how can one be sure that there are really 500 million members... once someone joins Facebook maybe they stay forever.

On Facebook, Telling Teachers How Much They Meant

One nice benefit of Facebook and Social Media is the ability to find old friends, and a recent article in the New York Times told the story of a 49 year woman who found her high school teacher on Facebook. This teacher apparently had a significant impact on the student's life and former student spent years searching the Internet to find the old teacher. Social Media allowed this connection to take place.

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