I woke this morning to a direct message from an old friend. Not unusual in itself but this old friend @CraigManganello has been dead for 1,384 days.
Craig was a musician, artist and original member of Seesmic video. An online community like no other.
Craig touched many people’s hearts and minds. He rarely left the basement of his house and we were used to seeing him spontaneously compose a song while hooked up to oxygen.
I was momentarily bothered by the fact a spambot had taken control of his account. I know the bot can’t differentiate between the living and dead, but I had made a conscious decision to keep ‘following’ Craig so as to remember him. I liked the fact his face would occasionally pop up when I was browsing the past. I liked to be reminded.
Up until this morning his last few tweets were his last words. Casually shared moments reflecting concern for his health. He had no idea these were to be his last online words. Those that knew Craig knew that he wasn’t the kind to always talk about himself. I think his final words would have been a thank you. Perhaps to music and those around him.
It’s not for me to put words into his mouth after he has gone. Neither is it the job of a spambot.
It would be easy for Twitter to stop this happening. Other social sites have procedures in place.
I am glad that I can think and write about a friend nearly 4 years after his death. Although I am a little surprised we still have to nudge the larger social networks when it comes to certain easily solved digital legacy issues.