How tight of a grasp does social media have on our society? With tools like Facebook and Twitter, the ability to stay connected to the world is at our fingertips. But how far is one willing to go in order to “stay connected”?
Three companies are focused on one goal; the expansion of communicative life for individuals after death. These unique programs facilitate the posting of messages through media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
_LivesOn is one of the tools for this new era. It is a project created by the UK advertising agency, Lean Mean Fighting Machine. In short, the tool is being developed to monitor an individual’s Twitter patterns, enabling it to carry out a similar tweeting style once the user has deceased.
DeadSocial is another option for those individuals who want to keep an ongoing presence in the social media world. This “post-death social media” master is similar to a memory box. It allows its members to schedule posts to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn on special dates or events. The programs main goal: One will never miss their significant others birthday or their anniversary date, even if they are no longer “physically” here.
If I Die is the third tool available for those searching to take the emotional route while staying connected. It allows for the users messages to post after death, with the option of a private or public setting.
Who can utilize these tools? Well the answer is simple, yet unsettling to a few. Everyone is welcome to become a member of these programs. DeadSocial creator, James Norris, commented that “he’s considered the potential for abuse but thinks the public nature of messages will be a deterrent.” DeadSocial, similar to the others, requires each of its members to identify a trusted “executor” for identifying the death and it also limits its members to six posts a week.
This is the next step in the world’s use of social media. It illustrates the progress in which technology and programs have been making, while opening the doors to new ideas and fads. The responses to these new programs have been overwhelming as well as accepted throughout the world. Society is urged to view and conceptualize death in a more logical fashion by these types of programs.
Is grave tweeting in your future?