Mar 17

Crowdsourcing grief

A little earlier today I was tabbing through a random album link that Facebook presented to me and I was faced with a picture of a friend (Nazar) who very sadly passed away last year.

Having a nostalgic moment I went to his still active Facebook profile and penned a simple note on his wall:

Thinking of you today bud 🙂

I then had a look at the constant stream of messages that people he knew had been putting on his wall. Hardly a day seems to go by without someone sending a simple little something to this electronic wall to say that they still remembered and cared. I was extremely touched and felt much better for having done it.

I then carried on browsing through his pictures online, thinking about the good times we had had and the people that knew him.

A short while later Facebook let me know that someone else (Darla) had “liked” my comment on his wall.

I had felt good about the positive messages I had seen on his wall, but someone else approving of my comment made me feel that my grief was shared, even now and took a load off and got me thinking about grief in a whole new way.

In the current Internet economy, the term “crowdsourcing” has recently come to light. Wikipedia defines it like so:

Crowdsourcing is the act of outsourcing tasks, traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, to an undefined, large group of people or community (a “crowd”), through an open call.

So, this concept of outsourcing a task to a large undefined group of people seems to fit rather well. I mean my normal channel for helping me deal with something like grief is my immediate freinds and family for sure, but this longer term stuff just shows that we as humans are not a badly doomed as so many of us think. We still have some hope as we bungle our way through life on this spinning sphere we call Planet Earth.

I love my family, my friends and my “crowd” – you all rock and make this weird twisted fucked up world I live in one that I want to carry on living in, if only to see how next I will be surprised by you all 😉

Inspired by Darla and Naz