Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Facebook to "memorialize" deceased users' profiles

Facebook has introduced the option to modify the accounts of users who have passed away.

From the Facebook blog:

"How do you deal with an interaction with someone who is no longer able to log on? When someone leaves us, they don't leave our memories or our social network."

Friends or family of the deceased can notify Facebook via this form, providing proof of death (eg an obituary or news article) and request to have the account "memorialized."

"Memorializing the account removes certain sensitive information and sets privacy so that only confirmed friends can see the profile or locate it in search. The Wall remains so that friends and family can leave posts in remembrance."

A sensitive move by the social networking site - preserving the account as a memorial, if desired, while removing actions such as friend suggestions.

Memorial accounts and groups have been around on Facebook for a while - you sometimes see messages like: "Memorial only shares certain information with everyone. If you know Memorial, add them as a friend on Facebook." However, this is the first time Facebook has offered to cater in this way for users who'd like a loved one's profile to be kept "alive."

Interesting that they're accepting web links as proof of death (although it's not stated whether a copy of the death certificate would do instead).

More evidence that nowadays, we live and die online.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Lib Dem Bloggers' Unconference - have you signed up?

The first Lib Dem Bloggers' Unconference will be held in Edinburgh: shaped by the participants, centred around one theme (the clue is in the title) and depending on YOU for its success.

No podiums nor preaching - it's a practical, sociable day.

MPs Jo Swinson and John Barrett will be there, plus Lib Dem blogfather Jonathan Calder and members of the Lib Dem Voice team (including moi!)

Note this:

Venue: Edinburgh - Scottish Lib Dem HQ, 4 Clifton Terrace EH12 5DR. Map here.

Date: Saturday 21 November 2009

Time: 10am-4pm

Facilities: Wireless network will be available, meeting room and (tbc) a smaller breakout room.

Transport: Haymarket Station opposite, good bus links, parking not so good on the doorstep but is available within a few minutes' walk. Edinburgh airport to the west of the city.

Do this:

Register via this thread in the Lib Dem Voice Forum.

If you're already a blogger, think about leading a session on your area of expertise. If you're interested in starting a blog, bring your questions and ideas.

If you're a Lib Dem and a blogger (or would like to find out how), then this is for you.

Details are also on Flock Together.