While I wrote my previous entry about social networks and lifestreams, my thoughts went to the headlines of today’s newspapers that wrote about the death of an Finnish Idols song contest finalist, a 19 year old girl. On the web news sites reported how her Facebook profile has been filled with over 400 comments and farewells. Her FB-status was recently updated and her mini-feed is reporting how she became friends with someone.
Through social networks we can take part of tragedies all over the world and share our sorrow with others and maybe find comfort from strangers. But what happens to our profiles and our web sites, our content on the web, when we are gone? Only we know our passwords and the networks we are part of. Should we write our passwords in our last will with a request to update our status, for one last time? Are social networks modern, morbid tombstones or are they digital celebrations of our life, a true lifestream?