Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Don't Scan Me When I'm Gone

I just read about a business that offers a “fresh interactive service to family and loved ones to keep memories alive.”

They make a stainless steel plaque with a QR scan code to attach to your headstone. Then anyone with a cell phone(a smart one) can scan the code, which will send them to a website with photos and stories about you. They can also POST COMMENTS INSTANTLY!

Turns out that the “quality interactive web page” is a Facebook page.

I have a few questions.

What does QR stand for, exactly? Queerly Revealing? Quack Radar? Can anyone buy this and attach it to the dearly departed’s headstone?

“Coach Smith. He wasn’t very nice. And he smelled funny.”

“Here’s Aunt Matilda, who invented prostitution.”

Oh, the trouble it could cause. 

What if you accidentally stuck Uncle Harry's scan code on Aunt Helen's headstone? It could create horrible misunderstandings on Facebook. Imagine that.

Maybe you could just put the obituary on it, which would be cool for future generations to see. But how long until scan codes go the way of the 8 track tape and VHS? Or film? Remember needing film in order to snap a photo?

I imagine visitors placing flowers on a grave, and saying “What the heck is that?” and some guy trimming weeds in the cemetery replies “That’s how people used to find information on their deceased loved ones…and family...and complete strangers.”

It just seems wrong to me to be browsing (and “posting comments instantly”) on Facebook while visiting the cemetery.

If you like this idea, why not just make your Facebook page public before you croak?  Easy peasy - those at your grave who just can't help themselves can search and find it. For free. No QR scan code required. They can check in to see who checked out.

I want my Facebook page to go before I do. I do not want it resurrected for profit or keeping memories or anything else. Period. 

What do you think? If Facebook is here to stay, how long do you plan to have a page?

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