Ages and ages ago I posted something along the lines of “What would happen if I died and how would you know”. I still have no answer, but Myspace has: http://www.mydeathspace.com. A strange place if for no other reason that you know they are dead – and I found a few of the ‘obits’ there upsetting in an odd way. It’s certainly not a site for the unhappy – but then maybe there’s an element of ‘celebrating’ their life to some? Communities like that maybe have more of a way of keeping things together. When Keith Alexander died (if you have never looked around his site, do so) there was a flurry of activity on the rec.arts.bodyart newsgroup part of which centred around his ISP, the website, how to move it, who would host it etc. (You know the thing that I think is very sad is the way spammers have got into the comments on his blog. I’d have thought someone would have got that issue sorted somehow). Obviously they sorted it for Keith’s sites but the mydeathspace brings home – for me – the oddness of the net, how we are connected but are completely remote and no-one actually cares, not really. How can they? I wonder if LJ and Bebo have similar ‘digital graveyards’.. While I was writing this I recalled that a WP user called ‘Sisob’ passed away in January 2004 (about 4 days after I started using WP) so I went looking. His page at advogato still exists but his blog – indeed the whole domain – has gone. In the age of infinite data storage so much of someone’s life is removed at a stroke. Arguably we are truer online and we certainly build a profile that might draw others in but for want of a billing matter the Delete button is clicked.
The Internet – we still don’t live forever