We know how active people are on Facebook when they’re alive, but now there are tools that allow people to post to the social network after death. As CNN reported, a new group of companies allows users to still be alive on their social media accounts, even following their passing.
Through DeadSocial, users can sign up for free accounts and write up Facebook posts to be delivered after they’ve passed away. For instance, users’ children can receive messages on their birthdays, or their spouses could get personal messages on their anniversary. Users can also send video or audio messages to their Facebook friends through this service.
DeadSocial Founder James Norris discussed the service with CNN:
It really allows you to be creative and literally extend the personality you had while alive in death. It allows you to be able to say those final goodbyes.
Norris told CNN that, among beta users, younger people tended to make jokes about their deceased status, while older users opted for more heartfelt messages. DeadSocial will officially launch out of beta at the South by Southwest festival in March.
There’s also a Facebook application, If I Die, that allows users to have their last words memorialized. It’s a way to post a public Facebook message that will be revealed after a person has passed away. Users can record their messages and choose Facebook friends who will be in charge of reporting the death. After that happens, the message will become activated.
If I Die launched in 2011, and it already has 200,000 users.
Erez Rubinstein, a partner at If I Die, discussed the application with CNN:
Somebody who knows he’s about to die gets time to prepare himself; the big challenge is when it happens unexpectedly … It’s an era where most of your life and most of your presence is digital, and you want to have some control over it. You want to be in charge of how you are perceived afterward.
Readers: Would you be interested in posting to Facebook after your death?
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