WHEN SOMEONE ON SOCIAL MEDIA DIES
A guy I've been following on Twitter for 4+ years passed away this weekend. I never met him in person, but we spoke occasionally via DM. Some thoughts on this:
- •His name was @Tevso_Electric. Our first exchange was about a tweet he fav'd of mine, joking about the movie The Net. I was surprised he remembered Mozart's Ghost from the movie. What a terrible movie.
- •He made me, and thousands of other people, laugh consistently over the past few years.
- •He didn't share a ton about his personal life. He didn't even use his real last name. Some internet sleuthing brought me to a LinkedIn page that said he worked as a mental health specialist.
- •It's shocking how sad I feel about the loss of someone I barely know.
- •I'm not the only one who is very upset. Hundreds of people have been tweeting about how great he was.
- •Since Twitter has been around for less than a decade, we haven't experienced many losses of "personalities," so the idea that someone you never met could have such an effect on you is strange.
- •Obviously people get upset by the loss of celebrities, but Trevor was never a celebrity, just a creative guy who loved making people laugh.
- •I'm not 100% certain on the details of his death, but I've heard it's suicide.
- •It's hard to fathom that someone who seemed so happy and funny could be so sad and tortured.
- •It really puts into perspective how different our online personas can be to the real person we are.
- •It's odd to think someone working as a mental health specialist couldn't get rid of his own demons.
- •It's a real bummer. He seemed like he genuinely enjoyed life and had an insane amount of friends.
- •His funny tweets and vines will live on, which is the best way to honor someone, I suppose.
- •Life is fucking strange.