We die; MySpace is forever
Everybody's using MySpace - except for the dead.
Sure, famous dead people do have MySpace accounts, but their profiles were created by boys and girls with very boring lives.
REAL people on the social epicentre of the Internet die REAL deaths, and now there's a site to chronicle the passing of each member.
Mydeathspace.com, just an infant on the Web, has been drawing huge attention as it siphons from the Internet craze it's named after.
“Only three things are certain in life. MySpace, Taxes, and Death,” Mydeathspace's home page reads. “If you have a MySpace account and you die, this is where you will end up.”
Although the idea may seem morbid or sickly comedic, the site's Webmaster makes efforts to remove offensive user comments and ban offenders.
It's not “Haha, this MySpacer is dead.”
It's “This MySpacer died. Now you know. Got anything to say?”
Because tracking deaths across the ocean of more than 67 million MySpace users is a huge task, the site allows submissions - accompanied by articles from news sources for verification - from visitors.
A quick glance at the directory of deaths clearly illustrated the primary MySpace demographic. Most of the dead were in their teens or 20s. Almost all died as a result of homicide, accident or overdose. Four died in the Iraq war.
Finding fans of ‘Lost'
It's no MySpace, but season two of ABC's hit show “Lost” catapulted the program from TV thriller to primary compenent of the American geek diet.
The Web has noticed.
Fan sites celebrate the hunks and hotties of the island. Blogs are bustling with chatter about each weeks episode. Theories are flying across message boards on what the island's all about, who the Others are and what the heck freakin' polar bears are doing in a tropical maladise.
Maladise = paradise filled with bad stuff; stay with me.
Lucky for us, an online “Lost” hub has risen to prominence, and it's on fire.
At http://lost-media.com, users have everything “Lost” at their fingertips.
The site features episode lists (so you won't bother TiVo-ing an episode you've already seen), photo galleries (so you can wonder at long length why the gorgeous Evangeline Lily would date the hobbit-turned-rocker Dominic Monaghan) and links to other sites (so you can spend more time researching the show than actually watching it).
For true “Lost” nuts, the site's forum is an absolute paradise of explanations for the island's strange inhabitants and occurances, clues to relationships between characters and spoilers.
You'll have to check the spoilers out for yourself. I wouldn't.