A death in Joplin

Earlier this week I wrote about the use of social media — in this case, Facebook — to try to find Will Norton, who was ripped out of his seat belts and sucked out the sunroof of a car in which he was riding when the Joplin tornado struck.

More than 50,000 people followed the family’s search on the Help Find Will Norton page. Initially, it was reported he survived and had sought medical treatment, but the family couldn’t find him.

Now, they have:


  • Jim Shapiro
  • Paul

    I’m not on Facebook, so I have a question about its use. I notice this update says “815 people like this”

    What does it mean to “like” the news that someone has been found dead? Is this as daft as it seems?

  • Vivian


    I would assume that they are concerned for the family.

    But I guess the definition really lies with what state your mind is in as to how you perceive the comment.

  • Heather

    I’d guess that at least some of them “like” that he has been found.