Facebook, Google+ and the like each have different rules about what should happen to digital assets after an account holder passes on. Specifically, Facebook’s mishandling digital content of deceased user’s has been very public, and reported on every few years. Each time Facebook claims to have a process to convert the deceased’s pages to memorial page, the process is less than transparent, nor easy. The last time a friend passed away, we learned that Facebook required proof of death to be sent to them by an immediate family member. There is no online mechanisms to facilitate this, nor can the process be monitored once sent.
App.net might look like just another social service to some. And, in fact, it currently looks very much like Twitter was when it started: It is just a lot of tech-savvy people talking freely and enthusiastically about app.net and whatever strikes their fancy: No celebrities promoting themselves, no ad-spam, no fake users, no incredibly stupid posts—although there are some stupid posts, there’s no one stupid enough to post public calls to kill government officials as one woman who has disappeared did. App.net is just a lot of signal with very low noise.
I get at least a few invites each month to join a new SoNet. The invites usually get a tossed into the trash almost immediately. Few get me to look at the site. But that’s usually it. Even if I do sign up the to site, I often let it languish and simply forget about it until they start spamming me to use their site, “log in with…” or want me to link my other SoNets to it.
Paying not to Share but Selectively Share
App.net is 180° away from ll of these sites though, because their interests align with my interests: