It is a logical extension of both the MySpace phenomenon and the local newspaper-style Births Marriages and Deaths section.

Yet the creator of has come in for criticism for accumulating obituaries on 3,000 MySpace members who have passed away since December 2005.

He denies accusations from some that he is exploiting the deaths of others or treating them inappropriately.

Inevitably, given the fact the site compiles a database of MySpace members who have died, the majority of obituaries are for people under the age of 30.

As a result, and similar sites are nothing more than the global online community’s equivalent of BMDs.

Admittedly the website does focuses primarily on the deaths part of the BMDs, but then having worked on local newspapers for more than a decade I feel confident in saying that is what the majority of readers do when turning to that section.

“How people mourn is changing…now it is easier to do,” Mike Patterson,’s founder is reported as saying. “I can’t go and mourn someone who died across the country but I can visit their website.”

The internet is having such a profound impact on society and so many are now investing so much of their time and themselves online that the advent on the likes of is a natural and welcome evolution.

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