Classifieds 2.0: Social networks for brides and the deceased

You’d think a social network for the dead wouldn’t be all that lively, but Respectance ushers the traditional obit into the digital world. The site is sort of like a MySpace for the deceased — anyone can create a page for their loved ones that can include photos and videos. Visitors can contribute to the obit or leave a memory of the person. Respectance includes shrines to both the famous and non-famous (check out the pages for Lucille Ball and Elvis Presley and the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting.)

The increasingly popular wedding site the knot is an essential site for anyone planning their nuptials. The site lets brides (and grooms) keep track of the wedding budget, create guest lists and wedding albums, find tuxes and dresses and discover ideas for making the special day even more special.

Most fascinating is the ability of users to share tips on great wedding and reception locations and recommend local services. This could be incorporated into any news site that has an existing classified section and is a perfect way to incorporate local advertising and sponsors.

When is my Wedding? lets anyone create a custom widget that counts down to the big day (see an example below) and can be embedded in any site. If your site is targeting brides to be, you may consider sponsoring a widget to extend your brand.

When is my wedding