On her 31st birthday, March 18, Claire Lin killed herself by inhaling poisonous fumes while chatting with FB friends but none of them called the police.
She alerted her friends and they tried to stop her killing herself. One of her friend, Chung Hsin, told Miss Lin: 'Be calm, open the window, put out the charcoal fire, please, I beg you.'
She replied: 'The fumes are suffocating. They fill my eyes with tears. Don't write me anymore.'
Her friends tried to track her whereabout but they didn't asked the help of the authorities. Lin's last words, in Chinese, were: "Too late. My room is filled with fumes. I just posted another picture. Even while I'm dying, I still want FB (Facebook). Must be FB poison. Haha."
Base on her messages, Lin was unhappy because her boyfriend was ignoring her, and had failed to return home to be with her on her birthday. He found her body the following morning and alerted her family.
The conversation between Lin and friends was 67-minutes episode, but they failed to tracked her down without any information from her like address or phone number.
Chai Ben-rei, a sociologist at Taiwan's Feng Chia University, said the incident reflected social isolation in the Internet age.
"People may have doubts about what they see on the Internet because of its virtual nature, and fail to take action on it," he said.