I consider myself in a small minority of people who have a MySpace account or account on another social networking site entirely for the purpose of communicating with one person.
For me, as you can probably guess, that one person with whom I used to communicate through MySpace was Kim. Now, not only is she gone, but that account is also gone, which leads me to think that I should probably let my account go. At the same time, I don’t want to, because it feels irrational to react in that way to her passing. She goes, I delete my MySpace account. The fact is, what remains of MySpace is, in my opinion, no longer a ‘decent’ tool for promoting music, or doing anything much really. I maintained my account for the past three years with the sole purpose of keeping in touch with Kim, as it seemed to be the only place she could keep in touch with anybody after staying in hospital. Your guess is as good as mine about why that was the case, but I lived with it. In any case, it’s a non-issue now – seeing as Kim’s account is gone. I’d been ready for this for months, including the day when I took it upon myself to salvage every single comment she’d left for me – 92 of them in all, over the course of three years. Thought it would be a decent precursor to dealing with the emails – why, I don’t know. Months after doing that, I’m still slowly making my way through them. I hope I’ll reach a point where I can do it without fear at some point soon.
What about you? Have you had problems getting rid of things which you associate with the person’s digital presence? Feel free to start a conversation in the comments.