At the age of forty-one, I am in the middle of generations when it comes to the online world. I was in college when e-mail crept into the national collective (those who remember Prodigy know what I mean). Since I was there at the dawn (okay, more like the 9:45 AM) of online communication, I am aware of the basics of netiquette (all caps means shouting, don’t change wording when forwarding a message, etc.).
However I am old enough that I missed the riding the wave at the start of instant messaging. Because of this, I have had to be trained by a younger co-worker on the basics of IM-ing. Despite this, I still have never really grasped how to truly end an IM session. It’s like that staple of comedy where two Japanese businessmen endlessly bow at each other:
(NoMan036: Okay, bye
NoMan036: See you later
OtherPerson: Gotta go
NoMan036: Have a good day
and so on and so on…)
If I came late to the world of IM, I completely missed the boat with Facebook. I have only had an account since the start of the year and am completely baffled by the rules of the road there.
Recently, a sad situation occurred and I’m at a loss.
A co-worker of mine died over the previous weekend. She had an account on Facebook and here status has remained unchanged. She is still looking forward to a weekend with the girls. There is nothing on her Wall, Status, or Profile
My follow-up question is this: What is the proper Netiquette for updating all the online versions of a person who has died?