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Several years back I was perusing Facebook and saw off to the side where one of my friends had liked something. There were two problems with it. The first was that it was a shaving product and my friend had had a beard for decades. The second problem was that my friend had died the month before. “Great,” I thought, “he comes back as a zombie and decides to go clean-shaven.”
I was reminded of this when someone just linked over to Twitter. I looked at the tweet in question and then started perusing my oft-neglected Twitter feed. I noticed that Don Rickles had posted on May 4 about his dog. I thought, “Wait a minute. What is he doing posting? Didn’t he die last year? Did some hockey puck bury his phone and a charger with him?”
Someone else I know on Facebook has a deceased spouse as a prominent contact on their friends list on their main page. The individual is since remarried and the new spouse is also prominently featured. It has been more than four years. Why have the old page still up? Why have it so prominently featured? I can understand if it’s a tribute that one checks every once in a while, but such a prominent display? How does that make the current spouse feel?
Another friend of mine died. For a month or so, the family used her Facebook page as a memorial tribute, and then they started a page that was very specifically for that purpose. On the anniversary of her death, various people tend to post in memory of her life. But at least she isn’t posting anything herself. Unlike Don Rickles.
What do you think should be done with social media accounts in the event of death?