March 14, 2009

Death in Physical World Doesn't Mean Death in Virtual World

With the rise of virtual worlds such as Second Life and World of Warcraft and social networking sites such as Facebook, people today often have two sets of acquaintances. When a person dies, it is relatively easy to track down real world friends and family.

However, how do you contact that persons "virtual" friends, people who may only know the person through "tweets" or as a character in a virtual world? The Associated Press, in an article called Death of Gamers Leave Their Online Lives in Limbo discusses this growing problem.

1 comment:

Mary H said...

When my niece Nicole died unexpectedly last year, her sister updated Nicole's Myspace page with the information. Many of Nicole's out of state friends first found out about the death from Myspace.