Category Archives: Digital Death

If I Die (Before I Post a Status Update)

A quick reblog of this item on Nerve. I’d heard about the “If I Die” app before but never seen this promo video. I can’t decide which is worse, this or Envoy. I think they both win, if by “win” you mean “creep me the f– out.”  

Three Facebook Users Die Every Minute

Which means that by the end of 2011, 1.78 million Facebook accounts will be in purgatory. For perspective, apparently that’s the equivalent of the population of Western Australia. (I’m not going to make a joke involving the word “mate,” even though I want to.) These macabre stats come from an elaborately illustrated guide about digital […]

When the Medium Is the Messenger of Tragedy

There’s no good way to find out someone you love died. My heart goes out to this mother, who learned of her son’s death via Facebook. I heard about this story via the Digital Death forum, which acts as a kind of clearing house for the burgeoning business of online legacy. One of the group’s […]


Two weekends ago I did what any normal person would on a pitch-perfect New England autumn afternoon, which is spend the afternoon in a cemetery. Home to Dorothea Dix, Fannie Farmer, Buckminster Fuller, Winslow Homer, and a host of other notables, Mt. Auburn Cemetery is no normal graveyard. It’s the Rolls Royce of final resting […]