Apologies in advance for this post but it's been a motherfucker of a day.
As is usual I was falling in and out of sleep on the train home and for some reason I had this little epiphany...
"Social networking sites will eventually become the worlds largest cemeteries".
Quite a statement.
Weirdly enough, that line came to me before I actually thought about the words.
Let's just take Facebook as one example of many.
Now with that site, as far as I'm aware, once a person has set up an account you can't actually completely delete that account.
You can erase all the information/photos etc should you wish but the account remains active.
So what happens when that person keels over?
Seriously - think about that for a minute. It's kind of eerie.
Most people don't share passwords with friends or loved ones (although I do) so if they suddenly kick the bucket they just er... remain.
They stay behind to haunt the lonely, intangible land of cyberspace - forever.
Therefore you are going to have potentially millions of people sending friend requests to the dead.
Even as you read this people are trying to track down ex school friends, ex lovers, ex colleagues and long lost family members who are all dead.
You are going to find people that haven't updated their "status" for years because they've long ago returned to the dirt.
People will remain smiling in photos, sharing old jokes with friends, you'll know what they used to enjoy musically, learn about film preferences, past relationships, sexual preferences, desires, hopes, dreams etc etc....while at the moment you are reading it they will be caring about nothing at all.
Just a thought.
This right here was taken by the incredible Rachel Watson - and yes that is a real skull. She's called Elsie and we discovered her after I crawled under some trees on my stomach in the ancient cemetary behind our house.
It's older than Facebook but won't be for too much longer.
This is all true folks.
Sorry about the downer.
Go listen to the Skelton Music EP and wonder how many of the people on the first track are now internet ghosts.
GRAB IT HERE
Damn I need a drink.....