Death on Facebook
To my surprise, Facebook, in spite of how insipid it has always been, can be a great comfort to those who have experienced the loss of someone. And the reason that I returned to Facebook many years ago, after swearing it off forever, is because of a death.
Being an early adaptor to technology, I had a Facebook page very early. I have tried to learn everything on the web, from HTML to social media. And the only way that I learn these things is to use them. So I joined Facebook, and quickly found that it was a big waste time with a lot of useless stuff on it, so after a few years, I deactivated my Facebook account.
Then a friend of mine died. And as a webby person, people turned to me to see if I could help get the word out. And that's when I realized that Facebook could be of some help, and it was. I reactivated my account, and posted information there. I posted photos of my friend. It became a place where people could gather.
Our lives touch so many other lives. And when a life ends, you can really see how the ripples have expanded.
Posted by Brad Hall