Facebook's new way to annoy users is this feature that attempts to get you to re-engage with your friends, think of them as "friends" that you haven't spoken to in a while.
In theory, not a bad thing to try and automate. Those college buddies in France or New York you haven't talked to (facebooked with) in a while, why not re-connect. What could go wrong?
Well, in this case, Facebook decided to try to get me to talk to someone that is dead.
A family friend.
In this case a very well known family friend with a long record of public service.
This from his New York Times obituary:
Kenneth H. Bacon, a former journalist and Pentagon spokesman who devoted his last years to highlighting refugees’ problems and urging policymakers to find solutions, died Saturday morning at his summer home on Block Island, R.I. He was 64 and a resident of Washington.
Now, I don't know about you, but I certainly don't want to be reminded that I haven't "talked" lately to a family friend that is dead.
What if I was his son? Or his Wife?
Facebook has some serious rethinking around this feature.
I know that I do not want to be given a suggestion to get back in touch with any family member that may have died.
Facebook. Get with the plan.
UPDATE: Facebook has a way to deal with this. I think. Here it is.