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The Amusing Irony of Profile Graveyard
By: Christine Geraci
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Maintaining social media profiles takes time. For many people, all that posting and sharing and commenting gets to be too much. It stops being fun, and accounts are abandoned.
 
That's where Profile Graveyard comes in. 
 
This site is pretty darn hilarious. It's a tweak of the nose at social networking in general, complete with a running counter of the time saved by folks who deleted their time-sucking social profiles. 
 
But the most interesting aspect of Profile Graveyard is that it's kind of a social network in itself.
 
People post "obituaries" for the profiles they have deleted or abandoned. Then, others get to give "condolences" on obituaries they enjoy, which essentially amounts to liking or voting up an obituary like it was a Digg article. Profile Graveyard then treats users to a stream of the most popular obituaries (some of which are quite amusing). 
 
And herein lies the amusing irony: People who have deleted social profiles for any number of reasons — from getting bored to desperately seeking reprieve from Farmville addictions — are then "mourning" the loss of those profiles on a social networking site disguised as an anti-social networking site. Classic. 
 
What's more, many people hear about Profile Graveyard through social networking sites like Facebook. 
 
The reasons why people choose to delete their accounts vary. Some of the more popular reasons:
  • Not enough time
  • Not getting anything out of the experience
  • Getting sucked into anxiety-producing drama
  • Feeling like social media is a time-waster
Have you deleted a social media profile recently? Tell us why in the comments (and if you gave it an obituary on Profile Graveyard, feel free to share).


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About the Author
Christine Geraci is the Social Media/Promotions Specialist at MVP Health Care in Schenectady, NY. Connect with her on Twitter @christinegeraci.
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