early 2000′s… i started to take time learning and eventually liking the internet. one of the first online activities which caught my interest, even before blogging, was engaging in discussions in the online community, Pinoy Exchange dot com. Then more than the active message boards/forums, PEx opened the Wireless Journal service. I got more addicted to it and didn’t mind much the infotext spending per post. yup. we use our mobile phones to post online. When we log-in to our account in web, we can edit our posts or reply to somebody else’s wireless journal account. In easier terms, it was the early 2000′s “twitter.” but the interface was simpler and posting is more orderly in the wireless journal. people who owns a wireless journal account keeps their “time lines” clean and as much as possible, “chat-free.” so it is always a delight to sneak into the others’ journal. stalker you may call yourself but the subject eventually becomes your online friend. This is where i met RevenanT. like most of the PExers i met online during those years, RevenanT eventually became a real-life friend of mine. I always look for him to guide me through my most dreaded place (to go)— Makati. he lives there so it’s very handy for him to be my tourist guide around his city.
fast forward to present… i received a text message from supposedly another friend of RevenanT telling me he already passed away. i was shocked. last time we talked was still online, this time thru twitter, dated October of last year. and RevenanT vouluntarily replied to a random twit-question of mine:
…yes. he was still trying to be helpful on my inquiry about directions in Makati. now, RevenanT is gone. his online accounts remain open and what we, his friends, can just do is to get back to his posts to remember him and the good old days when we got acquainted with each other.
when your body breathes its last, who would remember? is leaving your online accounts open to public, even when you’re gone, a good way to make your loved ones and friends remember you for as long as the internet exists? among your hundreds of Facebook friends, who will remain on your side after you’ve shut your eyes for good?