“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies . . . Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die . . . It doesn’t matter what you do, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away.”
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
Who doesn’t want to be remembered when they have passed? Who doesn’t want to leave a legacy? I wrote about that a few years ago. But what about leaving a digital legacy?
DeadSocial (the name of the service provider) covers all the post-death social media options, scheduling public Facebook posts, tweets and even LinkedIn posts to go out after someone has died. The free service will publish the text, video or audio messages directly from that person’s social media accounts, or it can send a series of scheduled messages in the future, say on an anniversary or a loved one’s birthday. ~ CNN
Why would anyone want to do that I wonder.
I know of Facebook profiles being left on and I see friends and family continue to leave messages quite a few years after the person’s passing. I also know of Facebook pages that are started by loved ones to invite family and friends to leave messages of condolence, etc. However, I’m not quite sure how I would react if I were to receive a message from a dead person wishing me for my birthday!
I don’t want to be judgmental about this. It is a personal choice. However, for me, it would be way over the top. I’d prefer that people remember me for the way I touched their lives, rather than intrude on them with my messages from down under.
This is one service I will not be trying out. When I go out of town on my own, I leave a list of my passwords with my husband to enable him to delete my social media accounts should anything happen to me! Morbid, you think? I’m thinking, practical.
Will you be signing up with DeadSocial?
- Why death is not the end of your social media life (guardian.co.uk)
- You’ll tweet when you’re dead: LivesOn says digital ‘twin’ can mimic your online persona (theverge.com)
- Facebook after death: Should family get deceased’s social media passwords? (csmonitor.com)