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"If I Die" Facebook app posts to your wall from beyond the grave
The website and descriptions for the "If I Die" Facebook app have a darkly humorous slant, which the developers say is meant to diffuse the sensitivity of the subject
Death is a subject that comes with a lot of open questions: How and when will I go? How will my loved ones cope? What will happen to my Facebook page? Okay, that last one might not be high on your "To Do" list, but it is the easiest one to take care of with the "If I Die" Facebook app, which lets you record a video or text message that is posted to your wall once you've passed on.
Developed by Israeli start up, Willook, which focuses on "time capsule" services and products, the "If I Die" app allows users to ensure they get one final statement out to their online friends if they meet with an untimely end. Users simply install the app, record either a five minute video or a text post, and assign three good friends to act as "trustees." In the event of a person's passing, the three trustees must confirm the death with the app before the message is posted.
It may sound morbid and a bit creepy, but the app might be a useful service to give some people a little peace of mind - the terminally ill, for example. Willook suggests leaving behind a final farewell, a long-held secret, or even one last insult, depending on a person's preference. The developer is very clear that no one, not even anyone at the company, can see the messages that users create until their death is verified.
The website and descriptions for the service have a darkly humorous slant, which the developers say is meant to diffuse the sensitivity of the subject. For example, check out the video below to hear the app explained in a voice that sounds like it should be reading a Roald Dahl book rather than discussing your final message from beyond the grave:
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Jonathan grew up in Norway, China, and Trinidad before graduating film school and becoming an online writer covering green technology, history and design, as well as contributing to video game news sites like Filefront and 1Up. He currently resides in Texas, where his passions include video games, comics, and boring people who don't want to talk about either of those things.
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It might have been better to call it \'skullbook\'
Stefaan van Damme
God forbid your three good friends decide to prank you
I hate to bum everyone out, but the app should be called \"when I die\", since \'if\' implies an option that doesn\'t exist.
Sorry about that.
This app should win an award for sheer creativity & boldness. Don\'t know yet if i will want to try it but it might be good for many who are terminally ill, or who are convinced that something will happen to them.
Also extremely good for those who have something sensitive to say to the world but could not do it while alive. Like a \"sorry\" to someone or a \"i always loved you\", etc. Those very important things, that you wish you could shout out to the world but for silly reasons cannot be done while you are alive, for fear of, amoung other things, lawsuits.
In time to come, this might even be used to replace wills...
People who are dying usually have a lot to say.
@ Miles, snicker spot on, I enjoy the people who think about the myth of being at the right side of Zeus, err, Jupiter, the magic sky god of one of 2800 gods created by man and the afterlife stupids who will be worm food, and Natha, nice concise post. Best Regards, Bill, yeah I plan on doing it cheap to not be a burden, cremation, My Son can toss me in the glovie and take me for a ride in his modded RSX when I die or to use the words of the stoopids \"pass\" pass what? Hmm when you die things relax, you pass some air stuff(fart), some liquid stuff(pee), depending on timing (poop stuff), yep, passing have a great day all
The usefulness of a device such as this is greater than many of you may realize. More older people are living alone today. A will can\'t phone the lawyer or feed the cat. However, for a number of reasons, it needs a more effective sensor than \"three close friends.\" One reason is, kids, when you are old, your friends are all dead. A heartbeat sensor or a brain activity sensor would work. When this device becomes practical, someone will make a lot of money.
@ Bill Bennett
i think what the commenter meant is that everyone dies so it is not an option not to die.
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