You know that this will not be the last time.
Facebook has now replaced the gossip, the social event, even the news. That is one explanation as to why 30-year-old Paul Zolezzi, a sometime model, used the social-networking site to announce that he would kill himself. (His body was found hanging from monkey bars in Brooklyn's Mount Prospect Park Playground.)
His status update had read: "Born in San Francisco, became a shooting star over everywhere, and ended his life in Brooklyn...And couldn't have asked for more."
His mother, Stephanie Zolezzi, told the Daily News: "He probably wanted to be remembered in a big way, to do it dramatically."
Mr. Zolezzi was a heroin addict, and his modeling career had a couple of fits and few starts. This wasn't even the first Facebook status update that had foretold his bitter end.
In January, when he was staying in Oregon, he had written: "Paul is going to be the first person ever to hang himself on his way out of Portland."
His mother, who had also had to live with Paul's father's suicide (he threw himself off the Golden Gate Bridge), summed up the role Facebook has begun to play for some people: "I would say that people get so lonely, so delusional, that all they want to do is be remembered," she said.