Tag Archives: Digital Ghosts

Dawn of the Facebook Dead

21 Feb
Ghosts of Glasgow by atomicjeep

Photo credit to atomicjeep.

A while back, I wrote about the possibility of social automation leading to digital dopplegangers who stayed around long after our deaths (Digital Ghosts – Something creepy this way comes).  Looks like I’m not the only one who’s been thinking about this topic.

@tomscott, creator of the hilarious Actual Facebook Graph Searches tumblr and subsequent meme, created a (also hilarious) video on this topic.  When Facebook Resurrected the Dead takes a mock historical perspective on the creation of the digital afterlife. Continue reading

Digital Doppelgangers – Who said you needed to be dead to have a ghost?

3 Aug
twins by raysto

twins by raysto

You know how you generally shouldn’t say things if you have to preempt them with a qualifying statement like, “I don’t mean to be rude, but…” or “I don’t mean to seem racist, but…”  Okay, well, while I generally think that’s a great rule, I’m going to go ahead and violate it with this post.  (No, I’m not going to be racist.)

So, here goes:

I don’t mean to be a conspiracy theorist, but…

Thinking (and writing) about social media automation and digital ghosts has got me thinking (and apparently writing) about online identity theft and impersonation.  The pieces of ourselves that we’re leaving around the internet may allow for us to have ghosts – even before we’re gone; I’m going to call them digital doppelgangers. Continue reading

Digital Ghosts – Something creepy this way comes

2 Aug
My ghost by mattwi1s0n

My ghost by mattwi1s0n

Here are two topics that I’ve been following coming together in a creepy, creepy way: social automation and social network profiles that remain after death.

I’ve been thinking about social media automation for a while now as it’s been cropping up more and more in discussions of personal branding and social media marketing.  Although automated social media may seem to be a bit of an oxymoron (how can you be social if you’re not actually participating?), it’s definitely the future, especially for celebrity and corporate presences on social networks. Continue reading

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