Would you rather die than take a break from social media? I'm guessing there are very few people who would actually admit to being THAT addicted to Facebook, but if the thought of being separated from your social networks secretly gives you heart palpitations, don't worry! Thanks to an innovative new startup, even if you keel over right this minute from cardiac arrest, you can still send out tweets and update your status—from beyond the grave.
DeadSocial is a service that lets you continue to send out social media notifications after you die. Yes, you read that right: now, not even death can stop you from sharing your thoughts with the world and maintaining your online friendships!
Although the first thing you'll probably want to do is change your Facebook status to "It's Complicated."
If you're wondering whether or not DeadSocial somehow turns dead people into tweeting, link-sharing zombies, I'm sorry to say it's not quite that awesome—basically, the service is all about scheduled notifications.
While you're still alive, you link your DeadSocial account to your Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ account, and write messages that you want sent out at specific times after you kick the bucket. You choose a friend or loved one to be your "super administrator," and they have the responsibility of notifying DeadSocial that you are in fact no longer alive. At that point, your messages get posted at whatever intervals you chose—days, weeks, or years after you're six feet under.
Here's a little video on how it works:
DeadSocial describes itself as a service that "explores the notion of digital legacy and allows us all to extend our digital life through technology and the social web," and I suppose I can see how this might be interesting in practice. I mean, maybe it would be soothing to see a Facebook status or tweet pop up from a long-dead friend, in a way that helps trigger fond memories.
Or, you know, maybe it would be INCREDIBLY CREEPY. The idea of private goodbyes being held after death via public social media is just kind of depressing, and are we really so attached to our accounts that we can't bear the thought of them going silent after we pass? What kind of legacy are we creating, really, by being so infatuated with our online presence we want it to continue after we're no longer around to participate?
Although maybe that right there is at the heart of what this service is all about. DeadSocial feeds directly into our ancient, primal fear of death, by offering us the hope that we can somehow live on. We can't control when or how we're going to die, but by god we can be sure we're still tweeting afterwards.
The question is, what will we talk about? "Soft tissue officially starting to break down. Finally losing that stubborn 10 pounds LOL!!!"
What do you think of DeadSocial? Would you want to receive social media notifications from a dead person?
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