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Tributes, A Social Network For The Dead, Is Launching in June

Do You Think a Social Network For the Dead Is Creepy?

Well, it had to happen. First we got basic social networks like MySpace and Facebook, then LinkedIn for work, Twitter and Pownce for micro-blogging and mini-updates, and well, at least chronologically, it makes sense: A social network for the dead. Citing the online grieving that occurs on MySpace after someone dies, Monster.com founder Jeff Taylor is launching Tributes.com this June, so that people have a central place for online memorials.
Now, I loved Six Feet Under as much as the next undercover goth girl, but I can't help but think how morbid this is. But, I also get it as this would be a place to blog, post pictures, after someone passes on, and like most things in your life, it had to come online eventually. . . or offline, as the case may be (apologies for the pun).

What do you think? Creepy, or did you totally see this coming?

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Mina-Xue Mina-Xue 7 years
I love it seeing as how that physical space to create a tribute is always limited and more people can access it than a physical place. I create one for my good friend who passed away and it gives us all a chance to share memories.
foudini foudini 7 years
There are dozens of funeral homes that already offer this service on their own websites. Most newspapers also offer this service since everything is digital (you can view just about any article, etc. online). Pretty much this stuff has been around since the internet was created.
tonyc tonyc 7 years
Contrary to current coverage, a social networking site or online community for remembering the dearly departed is hardly a revolutionary creation of Jeff Taylor of Monster.com. Respectance.com started in 2006. As the first social network for memories it has allowed users to create tributes for family members, friends, icons, etc., and invite others to pay their condolences. The following blog sheds some more light on the matter:http://blog.respectance.com/2008/05/14/first-on-the-block/
tonyc tonyc 7 years
Contrary to current coverage, a social networking site or online community for remembering the dearly departed is hardly a revolutionary creation of Jeff Taylor of Monster.com. Respectance.com started in 2006. As the first social network for memories it has allowed users to create tributes for family members, friends, icons, etc., and invite others to pay their condolences. The following blog sheds some more light on the matter: http://blog.respectance.com/2008/05/14/first-on-the-block/
LuxuryAddict LuxuryAddict 7 years
Wow Laura220 that's pretty creepy. And this whole thing in general seems a bit weird.
jconcep jconcep 7 years
it was odd and a little off-putting when i discovered mydeathspace.com a few years back, but maybe this is how we are going to be going about dealing with deaths. it seems our advances in technology help us express ourselves, even in grief, with slideshows and virtual memorials. for instance, i rarely read a newspaper anymore. i'm not sure how obituaries got started, but this might be a next step. this may be the way we will find out about deaths from distant friends and family in the future. it seems to me, it's really very helpful with the grieving process for many. when my grandmother died at the age of 83, 4 years ago, i thought how cool and novel that her obituary was accessible on the internet (through a service associated with the local city paper), to be sent to loved ones in the philippines where she was from. she was a really lovely and amazing woman and i was quite proud to let the whole internet know that.
Lyv Lyv 7 years
It's not that creepy, it just screams LAZYNESS. Like - drop by my grave and leave some flowers personally if you care that much, fool.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
Personally, I think this is creepy. I know we all have different ways of dealing with grief, however this just seems too much.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
I don't think we should judge the way people choose to grieve. If it helps them cope with the loss of a loved one then I think it's great.
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 7 years
There's something kinda like this already: http://mydeathspace.com/
Schaianne Schaianne 7 years
I think the idea seems great - but I shudder to think how it will be used in practice.
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 7 years
I'm not sure. At first, the idea seems bizarre, but I guess if people want to do online tributes to someone..
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 7 years
can't imagine this will be a very active network with the profiles being of the dead and all.
Merlin713 Merlin713 7 years
There's also a site called mydeathspace.com. It's for people to "memorialize" the people who have died and who had a Myspace account.There was a deal about that when I was a year out of high school because people were featured on there literally minutes after they were pronounced dead by the police here. It was just creepy. There were about 4 suicides that year too.
Merlin713 Merlin713 7 years
There's also a site called mydeathspace.com. It's for people to "memorialize" the people who have died and who had a Myspace account. There was a deal about that when I was a year out of high school because people were featured on there literally minutes after they were pronounced dead by the police here. It was just creepy. There were about 4 suicides that year too.
Emmiekitten Emmiekitten 7 years
Its not something I would particularly use, but I think it is a great way for people to remember loved ones and help each other cope with grief.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 7 years
Creepy
glam-sugar glam-sugar 7 years
Creepy
secretallstar secretallstar 7 years
Legacy.com has been around for years.
ALSW ALSW 7 years
Pretty creepy to me. The idea of being able to memorialize someone is good, but in my opinion there are better ways of doing it.
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