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Old 07-18-2010, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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NEW YORK, July 18 (UPI) -- Facebook says it is still working on a way of culling "friends" from the system after they have died.

The automated algorithms have been known to send out messages to Facebook users reminding them to get in touch with friends they haven't communicated with, sometimes due to the fact that particular friend has passed away.

Facebook of the dead rattles users - UPI.com
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Old 07-18-2010, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Yes, one of my friends on facebook died and her profile is still there.
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Old 07-20-2010, 04:38 PM
 
Location: California
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With so much being done online now it's important to let someone know what you've got going on and what your passwords are. Kind of like an internet will or something. I have the info written down and keep it with other important papers and my son knows that if anything happens to me that's where he needs to look to find out all my business, not just online but banks, insurance, etc. I've seen some people post messages on various forums when someone close to them dies and they want all their online buddies to know what's happened to them. I don't know if profiles of the deceased should be removed or not..I suppose it should be left to the next of kin rather than the site administrators though.
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Old 07-20-2010, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Bakersville, NC
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This is a very sensitive subject. Some people don't have a problem with their next of kin taking over their online profiles when they pass, but others might want their online social stuff to "go to the grave" with them when they pass. Know what I mean?
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:57 AM
 
Location: Bon Temps
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On mine recently, I saw on those "people you might know" suggestions for somebody who has been dead for over a year...it was kinda uncomfortable.
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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I'm surprised that Facebook doesn't delete profiles that haven't been active given a certain amount of time, i.e. (1 year). They could send out warning emails to alert users that they need to keep up activity on their FB accounts.

Facebook does have a "report deceased user form" that parents, partners, family and friends can fill out.

Report a Deceased Person's Profile | Facebook
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Old 08-24-2010, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Cook County
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Well, I really hate the "reconnect" suggestion feature anyways, and wouldn't mind if THAT went to the grave. I actually kind of like CollegeGirls suggestion of deactivating facebook after x amount of time of inactivity. Solid idea
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Old 08-28-2010, 02:34 PM
 
Location: NE Oklahoma
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That is wierd.....
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:06 AM
 
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Well, I really hate the "reconnect" suggestion feature anyways, and wouldn't mind if THAT went to the grave. I actually kind of like CollegeGirls suggestion of deactivating facebook after x amount of time of inactivity. Solid idea
I hate the reconnect feature too. It suggests I reconnect with people I just a whole day with. Irritating.

I also like the idea of deactivating. Maybe make the profile still visible but not be able to send out automated messages like so-and-so (who's been dead for a year) just used Friend Finder and not letting people post to the person's wall.
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:07 PM
 
Location: California
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Thats almost scarey, why not just leave them and their friends alone?
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