New Social Networking site for Age 50 Plus With Online Obituary Database

Yahoo News reports on an online social networking site dedicated to the age 50 plus that also includes an obituary database which sends out death alerts to members.

A social networking Web site for Americans aged 50-plus went live on Monday — complete with an online obituary database that sends out alerts when someone you may know dies and that plans to set up a do-it-yourself funeral service.

The founder of Internet job site Monster.com, Jeff Taylor, launched Eons.com, a similar site to the popular online teen hang-outs MySpace or Facebook for the 50-plus crowd.

…It also has a nationwide database of obituaries dating back to the 1930s to which people can add photos and comments.

In addition to adding photos and videos to obituaries, members of Eons.com can sign up to receive an alert when someone from a particular area dies or in response to pre-defined keywords such as a company or school name.

“The death business is growing,” Taylor told Reuters, offering figures showing the number of deaths in the United States rose to 2.4 million in 2005 from 2.2 million in 2000, and was projected to rise to 4.1 million by 2040.

This could be a very interesting new way of finding and keeping track of more recent ancestors.

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