We Remember Jason Schippers

Jason Schippers was a young man who may have not been famous by any stretch of the imagination, but he had a thriving community all of his own. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Jason became ill a few months ago while living in Colorado. Doctors were stumped. They knew he didn’t have cancer. He wasn’t a smoker. But his lung was failing. Approximately a week ago, they did an exploratory surgery to try and find the cause of the problems. They ended up removing more than half of his lung right then and there. Even that wasn’t enough to save this amazing person. He was taken from this life on Sunday morning.

My brother Adam is one of the friends devastated by this loss. Adam and Jason met via Twitter, and Adam helped him get his job in Colorado through Twitter. Even after making the move west, Jason remained an active participant in the Des Moines Twitter universe. By all accounts, Schippers was one of those people whom everyone liked – and whose loss will never fully heal.

Since his death, the outpouring of support online has astounded Jason’s family. Within moments of his death, hundreds of people began blogging, tweeting, and posting words of support and love on Facebook. Three full days later, the words have not slowed down… they have grown in number as more people learn of the story and lend their comfort to the cause. His family is overwhelmed and comforted by the love people are showing them… most of whom never met Jason in person.

Dallas Moore was a long-time friend and business associate of Jason’s. “People are becoming the authors of their own lives,” says Moore, who owns Social Republick, a creative marketing and new media business. “Thanks to smart phones and iPads and Wi-Fi notebooks, we’re constantly connected no matter where we are. It’s possible to build and maintain multiple relationships simultaneously around the world. No geographical constraints. Jason met many of these people in real life.”

A Twitter memorial Twibbon has been created to honor this young man and the awesome life that he led. Even though you may not have known Jason Schippers, please consider showing your support for those he left behind in this world. It only takes a moment to add the simple ribbon to your current Twitter avatar.

For any of you who still don’t quite get social communities and what they really mean, you have only to read Jason’s story. The astonishing response to Jason’s death will open your eyes to the strong – and very REAL – connections that are made online every second of every day.

Facebook For The Deceased

There should be an image here!Q: I heard that Facebook has a way to preserve an account for someone that has passed away? Is this true and if so, how does it work? — Julia

A: One of the unintended benefits of having a Facebook page is that when one passes on, a very detailed and wonderful memorial to that person will remain.

Not only are there all the memories from the person that has passed, but all of the thoughts and comments from the friends of the deceased also remain for others to share.

Facebook created a process that allows family members to notify them that the user has passed away and to convert the profile into a ‘memorial’ page.

According to Facebook: “Memorializing the account removes certain sensitive information and sets privacy so that only confirmed friends can see the profile or locate it in search. The Wall remains so that friends and family can leave posts in remembrance.”

Another result in memorializing the profile is that the annual ‘birthday reminder’ for that user that would normally appear on friends pages is removed from the network (which may or may not be desired).

To notify Facebook of a deceased person’s profile, you can fill out the form located here, but you will need some information that may require you to do some homework first.

Obviously, Facebook has to balance the need for loved ones to report a passing with pranksters that think it would be funny to report a living person as deceased.

If you find yourself in this situation, you will be asked to provide the full name used on the profile, DOB, the email address used to set up the account (you may have to take an educated guess), Facebook networks that the deceased may have belonged to, the actual Facebook URL (Web address) for the deceased’s profile, your relationship, and any online proof of the passing (such as an obituary or new story).

The less of this information you have, the less likely you will get Facebook to memorialize the account.

When a profile is memorialized, certain things are removed by Facebook at its discretion and the profile is locked down from any future ‘friends’ to connect. While this policy is intended to respect the privacy of the deceased, it sets up a problem for those that did not connect prior to the profile being converted.

Many family members are taken by surprise because of some of the automatic changes that occur to the profile once it is memorialized and would not have done it if they had known what was going to happen.

Something that everyone that is active on Facebook should consider is documenting the necessary items above along with the profile login information and storing it in a safety deposit box or somewhere else secure that would only be accessed in the event of an untimely passing.

This would allow family members to take over the account and manage the profile status, connections, etc. to their own needs instead of allowing Facebook’s policies to determine what happens.

Facebook isn’t the only social network that can become a memorial to a loved one, so some interesting new services have appeared on the landscape.

One in particular, Backupify, is an online backup service for social media and other Internet based personal data that was supposedly created as a result of the death of someone close to one of the founders.

Again, if you use this to preserve your social postings, you should keep a copy of the login information with the rest of your ‘in the event of my death’ file or safety deposit box so your family can control your digital legacy.

Ken Colburn
Data Doctors Computer Services
Data Doctors Data Recovery Labs
Data Doctors Franchise Systems, Inc.
Weekly video tech contributor to CNN.com
Host of the award-winning “Computer Corner” radio show

Micheal Jackson Memorial Scalpers Are Being Scalped!

Just a quick note so that you don’t fall victim to scalpers selling Michael Jackson memorial tickets. This is what the L.A. Times states:

This afternoon, several apparent ticket holders posted intentions to sell the tickets on EBay, but Roth warned that the security system in place will prevent anyone from doing so. In addition to the vouchers received via a special code, ticket holders will have to show a valid driver’s license, and those whose IDs do not match the registration information will be eliminated as guests.

In addition, a lockable wristband will be placed on the ticket holder on Monday and if that band is altered or damaged in any way on Tuesday morning, that person will not be allowed inside the memorial, Roth said. Every attendee is being given a second ticket and wristband for a guest. Some attendees will watch the service at a nearby simulcast at Nokia Theatre, but the venues will be randomly selected when they arrive Tuesday.

“It  is true that anyone who has a wristband and receives tickets can invite anyone they want with the second ticket,” Roth said. “So we are hopeful that they have these vouchers because they are a fan and it’s meaningful to them and they would also invite someone who it would also be very meaningful to them.”

Buyer beware!


Pops Is Gone… But Not Forgotten

I just wanted to fire off a quick post while I had a spare moment. My father just passed away, so I haven’t been in the right frame of mind to put up much of anything… but I promise to get back into the swing very soon. His memorial service is coming up on Saturday, which will be a tough thing to get through. I would like to selfishly take this opportunity to say a few words in Cyberspace about my father, Jim Wilkinson.
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