Los Angeles Social Media Authority Questions Facebook Obituaries

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Huffington Post contributor and Los Angeles social media guru Julie Spira recently took on a sensitive subject – “social media obituaries” – and how someone who passes away can (or should) be remembered on sites like Facebook.

First, let’s address how it’s usually done. When a person who was an active Facebook member dies, their profile is normally 1.) immediately deleted, 2.) left unattended or 3.) instantly made into a memorial page for others to post their memories and condolence messages.

In the case of Spira’s colleague, George Taylor Morris, family and friends chose the third option. In fact, our California SEO associates have noticed that utilizing a loved one’s Facebook page as an online tibute is becoming the preferred trend among the families of the deceased.

With this in mind, Spira suggests that Facebook should perhaps consider adding “deceased” to its menu of relationship statuses. To illustrate, she said:

“Recently, when a Los Angeles artist died unexpectedly due to a massive stroke, I viewed her Facebook profile to see if there was anything posted from the family… Nothing had changed on her profile. It was as if she was still alive.

A few days later, her daughter posted an update stating that the family was grieved to announce her sudden passing and stated how she treasured her friends. A website address to the artist’s works was posted for her friends to view. In my opinion, it was graciously done. However, the daughter didn’t have the option to change her mother’s relationship status to deceased.”

Well, it’s certainly a thought. If you have opinions on a new for those who have passed on, feel free to sound off in the comments below. Our Los Angeles social media experts are eager to hear your opinions.


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