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March 30, 2006 9:35 AM   Subscribe

MyDeathSpace keeps track of the MySpace profiles of people that die.
posted by xmutex (36 comments total)

 
I think this is a double, but I can't find the original. Or maybe the other post was about livejournal deaths.
Whatever it was, I've seen something this macabre on here before...
posted by easternblot at 9:42 AM on March 30, 2006


there's www.deadjournal.com
posted by thefreek at 9:43 AM on March 30, 2006


Given the size of myspace (20 million? 50 million? 200 million accounts?) I suspect someone will die pretty much every day, just by the odds of such large numbers. The worst part is when obit stories are tweaked to somehow create a link between myspace contributing to a death.
posted by mathowie at 9:44 AM on March 30, 2006


Whoa, they're tracking MySpace murderers too!
posted by OmieWise at 9:47 AM on March 30, 2006


This was the previous similar thread.
posted by thinman at 9:47 AM on March 30, 2006


How do you know if someone's in your network if you're dead?
posted by NationalKato at 9:52 AM on March 30, 2006


Mathowie, it's about 70 million right now.

Of course not all of those are active. And many are bands, or fake. But that's a still a helluva lot of people.

Given how many people that I encounter have a MySpace profile, even if they don't use it, there's a significant chance anyone aged 16-30 that dies is going to have one.
posted by flaterik at 9:58 AM on March 30, 2006


Serious question: For those of you who HAVE had friends die, do you keep them on your friends list? If not, how long did you keep them there?

I had two friends die in the past couple of months, and I'm honestly not sure what to do.
posted by empath at 10:03 AM on March 30, 2006


The series of MySpacer profiles from the recent Washington zombie party murders was disquieting. Actually, the whole endeavor is disquieting.
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:03 AM on March 30, 2006


It really brings home how many people die in car accidents.
posted by OmieWise at 10:14 AM on March 30, 2006


This made for grim reading. Yeah, it's scary how many have died in car crashes or through some other violent means.
posted by greycap at 10:24 AM on March 30, 2006


Holy cow. I was just wondering about whether there was a site like this, after a friend found the MySpace profile of a woman who died in a car wreck here in Honolulu last night. And we've had a spate of the typical media hysteria over pedophiles and stalkers on the site, with URLs of alleged victims and perpetrators making the rounds...
posted by pzarquon at 10:25 AM on March 30, 2006


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posted by brain_drain at 10:37 AM on March 30, 2006


empath, on a similar note, how long before you delete their email addresses from your address book? I have a few that I can't bear to part with because every once in a while I'll see their name in my book and smile.
posted by Gungho at 10:38 AM on March 30, 2006


Sad. Especially the murdered ravers.
posted by Alt F4 at 10:50 AM on March 30, 2006


I'll see their name in my book and smile.

I have the last email my father sent me 13 years ago before he was killed 24 hours later. It wasn't much, just a few responses to a question I had. He was 45.

I've had many jobs and many computers since then, but I always manage to keep the archive around and incoporate it into something bigger.

He and I didn't really get along, but it's still something I can show the world (besides myself and my brother) that proves he was here.
posted by thanotopsis at 10:53 AM on March 30, 2006 [1 favorite]


It's a really new, and fairly incredible experience to go through these pages. I remember in school how history classes used to emphasize the importance of primary sources for a true understanding of the what was being studied.

Today, you can go directly from secondary sources to primary sources, which is in certain cases the public/group blog< ->Mainstream Media model we have today, but it's so much more poignant when it's personal blog/site< ->MSM...

My father has talked a lot about the MSM coverage of deaths on an individal level pushed public sentiment about the Vietnam war towards its tipping point. It may be worthwhile to create a wounded/killed site like this for members of the military alone -- I certainly would like to honor them in the context of their own lives and words.
posted by VulcanMike at 10:59 AM on March 30, 2006


thanotopsis, that must be one of those eponysterical things…

Even though your nick is a misspelling of the title of the poem, and the poet was Bryant, not Elliot…
posted by ijoshua at 11:03 AM on March 30, 2006


Holy crap! Go to page 7 and check out the Taylor Behl/Ben Fawley story!

I wonder who owns the film/book rights to that one?
posted by sourwookie at 11:08 AM on March 30, 2006


So Matt....when you gonna set up MortalFilter? Isn't it time we started "posting inThe Black?"
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posted by crunchland at 11:12 AM on March 30, 2006


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posted by gnutron at 11:15 AM on March 30, 2006


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posted by killdevil at 11:32 AM on March 30, 2006


That Tom, he has some wacky friends.
posted by iamck at 11:44 AM on March 30, 2006


[this is sad]
posted by exlotuseater at 11:53 AM on March 30, 2006


Is there are site that compiles blogs of soldiers who have died in Iraq/Afghanistan?
posted by borkingchikapa at 12:13 PM on March 30, 2006


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[this is creepy and sinks into voyeurism]
posted by Sijeka at 12:25 PM on March 30, 2006


Serious question: For those of you who HAVE had friends die, do you keep them on your friends list? If not, how long did you keep them there?

On another site (iam.bmezine.com) I still have a friend listed who died last summer. I can't delete him from my buddy list, even if seeing the picture makes me sad. Especially, as it was a fairly grim looking picture to begin with.
posted by SuzySmith at 12:25 PM on March 30, 2006


Cause of Death: "Animation overdose while viewing MySpace pages"
posted by jeffmik at 1:24 PM on March 30, 2006


Um, deadjournal.com is far far different. heh.

There used to be a pretty active livejournal.com community for this, but in an amazing display of hypocrisy, the LiveJournal Abuse "staff" pretty much forced the guy off of LJ.

Overall, it's kind of an interesting site. I don't think that there's anything wrong with it.
posted by drstein at 1:51 PM on March 30, 2006


It kind of amazes me when people don't deviate from txt speech even when they're writing memorials.
posted by Skwirl at 3:20 PM on March 30, 2006


I guess this is a way to remember them. And maybe they would appreciate that....
posted by Francesnash at 3:26 PM on March 30, 2006


Skwirl wrote "It kind of amazes me when people don't deviate from txt speech even when they're writing memorials."

From my experiences getting random IMs from high schoolers and younger, they don't deviate from TXT speech because it's their native form of casual written speech... To me, it takes effort to write that way. To them, the idea of writing any other way seems absurd.
posted by VulcanMike at 3:55 PM on March 30, 2006


"empath, on a similar note, how long before you delete their email addresses from your address book? I have a few that I can't bear to part with because every once in a while I'll see their name in my book and smile."

Yes, I'm the same. I don't think I'll ever delete them.
posted by litlnemo at 4:00 PM on March 30, 2006


This is really sad. Young people are always dying from doing dumb shit, but something about seeing so many of them in one place is very disturbing. Car crash, alcohol, shot, stabbed, suicide...
posted by fixedgear at 5:04 PM on March 30, 2006


I still have my best friend's number on my cell, could never bring myself to delete it.
posted by NorthernSky at 12:16 AM on March 31, 2006 [1 favorite]


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