Death on Facebook

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Usability

I am writing this one day after learning that a friend from high school took his life. I am tabling this post for a bit to let emotions settle. You see, “Jeff’s” (not his real name) death broke on social media.

The word quickly spread among his friends. I heard about it on Twitter and then through messages on Facebook. People started posting pictures they had of Jeff on his page. I did it too. They started telling stories, the things they loved about him, and their favorite memories. There were songs, and tributes posted. Friends of friends expressed their sorrow for our loss. Jeff’s favorite songs and music from 80s when we were all in high school.

The problem was it was all happening so fast, that Jeff’s family had not even been notified that he was dead.

Then the backlash started: Read the rest of this entry »