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A recent report in Australia's News Online predicted that Facebook is living on borrowed time with only five years left to live, a demise that will result from gradual fragmentation. But could something far more sinister take down Facebook? Maybe so.
According to Jonathan Good of 1000 Memories, an online portal where users can "build a space to share photos, record stories, and memories with family and friends" of someone who has passed away, some 50 million zombie accounts will clutter Facebook by 2015. All Good had to do was crunch the numbers to arrive at his figure.
"The numbers suggest that 2.6 million Americans will die in 2010," Good writes. "The simple math that one third of Americans are now on Facebook would suggest that just over 1 million Americans will pass away on Facebook this year. The real math is a bit more complicated, of course. On Facebook, college kids sharing their drunken travels are over-represented, and the far-more-likely-to-die old, under-represented."
The numbers do indeed get more complicated, the end result of which is 50 million accounts whose owners have passed away in 2015, Good says. You can read exactly how he arrived at that figure right here.