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Facebook in heaven: death and social networking

What do you do about death and social networking? I saw this story today in the NY Times:

Courtney Purvin got a shock when she visited Facebook last month. The site was suggesting that she get back in touch with an old family friend who played piano at her wedding four years ago.

“It kind of freaked me out a bit,” she said. “It was like he was coming back from the dead.”

via As Older Users Join Facebook, Network Grapples With Death – NYTimes.com.

It made me think of Joel Zucker, a former boss. He and I had a great connection and enjoyed working together. He recommended me on LinkedIn, and I was so impressed with his recommendation I added it to my portfolio.

I’m connected with him on Facebook and LinkedIn. And, of course, LinkedIn doesn’t know he died of cancer in February. As far as his profile shows, Joel is still working at Pearson.

On Facebook, Joel’s wife and friends and children still post. Here’s a post from his son just this week:

i miss u i hope they have facebook in heven so u can read this and we can still chat

I’ve posted too, sometimes just a “thinking of you today.” To me it’s a comfort … and it seems to be for his family as well … that there’s still a place we can remember Joel together.


Had a great meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba last week with a couple of companies that help us create educational products.

winnipeg meetingThe temperature was -27 degrees Celcius when I arrived Wednesday night, and climbed to -23 the next day, but since it was literally airport-cab-hotel-cab-airport, and the meetings were great, that was no problem at all.

FaQtory and i2i (now Kik) are the companies I was working with, and the smart, creative people are (from left to right) Karen, Dian, (me), Arie, and Patricia.

The best meetings are ones in which you find that you’re on your feet most of the day, and that’s exactly what this was. Fun, creative, innovative, exciting … all those good things.

(The picture was taken with Karen’s new 17″ MacBook Pro’s built-in iSight camera, by the way. Not bad quality.)


Last night my wife Teresa stumbled on a photography blog by the daughter-in-law of one of my co-workers, Rachel Ludwig.

That lead her to I Lay Me Down To Sleep, an amazing organization that works with photographers to donate their time and expertise to give families who lose children a few precious memories of their babies.

And that lead her to a personal blog of a family in a church we used attend who just lost an 8-week old baby.

Sometimes, the world wide web is exactly that.