Informatics Ph.D. student Jed Brubaker represents in this article on ReadWriteWeb today!
“Jed Brubaker, a PhD Candidate at the University of California at Irvine, jokingly refers to himself as the “death guy.” But he’s not at all morbid. He describes his stumbling into the area of studies in death on social networks as a system error of sorts.
In 2011, he published a paper called “We will never forget you [online],” an empirical investigation of post-mortem MySpace comments. Starting with this early social network, Brubaker began identifying trends which bled over into Facebook, where we’re more likely to find online memorial services occurring nowadays.”