Ghost writer: New app to keep you tweeting after death -
A new application will soon allow users to keep posting Twitter updates from beyond the grave, independently using intricate knowledge of your online character to create a virtual continuation of your personality after you die.
“When your heart stops beating, you'll keep tweeting,” says the new application’s tagline.
‘LivesOn’ will let users pursue ‘life after death’ on their social media profiles, letting the deceased communicate with loved ones. LivesOn will keep posting after you kick the bucket, following the example of the DeadSocial platform.
Due to be launched in March, the LivesOn application will keep tweeting after you pass on. The service will utilize advanced analysis of your main Twitter feed, to carefully select appropriate subjects, likes, or articles that would have been likely to interest you, posting them on your behalf for your friends to read.
Pre-existing applications so far have only allowed users to schedule prepared updates.
Users of LivesOn can even nominate an ‘executor’ to their LivesOn will, who will decide whether to keep the account ‘live’.
A similar application was recently seen in a UK television program named Black Mirror, which showed a bereaved woman speaking to a virtually-constructed version of her deceased husband, which was built from his previous online communications, despite him not having laid any plans to maintain social media communications after his death.
The application is cut from the same cloth as one launched last April, named DeadSocial, and another Israeli application which was launched in January 2102, named If I Die. However, whereas LivesOn will base its postings on pre-existing models of your behavior, these currently-active applications allow their deceased users to send messages from beyond the grave to private Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts
If I Die posts a message to the wall of the deceased after confirmation of your death from three friends, and DeadSocial can be scheduled to post a variety of bulletins and updates for long after your death.
On its Facebook page, DeadSocial states that its mission is “to live forever.”
A user chooses a “super administrator,” or someone who can access their DeadSocial account after they cease to be. This administrator can ‘untick’ the account to indicate you've died, but won’t be able to change the pre-prepared messages, which will then be sent out according to plan.
Despite the LivesOn application raising some serious philosophical, moral and ethical questions, the developers find the controversy over a computer-generated ghost interesting.
Remembering anniversaries, sending birthday wishes, or reminding loved ones of how much you care may not be the only use to which it is put. ‘I told you I was ill’ messages, inappropriate jokes, or recorded video messages lightheartedly threatening hauntings could be scheduled to appear on your page.
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