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You must be wondering what a suicidal post is doing in the techie section? Well, actually, If I Die is a Facebook app that makes sure, even if you die, your social self can still send out your last wishes and post messages to your friends years after you’re gone.
Yep, you heard it right!
Technically what happens is
You install the app –> You write down things , post videos, links that you want to be published after you die –> Appoint three trustees –> These trustees shall confirm that you are dead, when you are dead –> After the confirmation, this app will post the message all at once or as a schedule as chosen by you.
Wilook, the Israel-based company, built the app because nobody really knows when death will come. The app’s co founder and CEO. Eran Alfonta says , “We all have things to say and don’t necessarily have the audience with the patience to hear us. Actually we all want to leave something behind; we all want to leave a stamp behind us.”
Alfonta got the idea when two of his married friends travelled to Italy without their children and narrowly escaped a fatal car crash with a truck. “They stopped aside and drank water and relaxed and started speaking between themselves: ‘Oh my god, what would happen to the kids if something happened to me?’” They asked Alfonta to create a website where they could record something secret to their kids that would only be sent if they died.
If I Die currently only publishes to a user’s public profile, but the team is working on features to allow for discrete messages and even messages that can be sent to people not on Facebook. The public postings will be free to use, though the discrete messages will work on an annual subscription model, Alfonta says.
I don’t have anything against this app, but frankly I am a bit amused. Facebook, to post your last words, or beyond last words? Isn’t it getting a bit too much to handle? I mean, how would you react if you keep seeing a dead friend or relative’s status update as : “Hey buddy! How are things going down there?!” if you really ever cared for this person, you will only break down and if you really don’t then it would be just fun! It serves no purpose whatsoever. All that thought of “what will happen if I die untimely”… is not to be exploited on facebook for heaven’s sake!!! Are we really turning into a world where even the most sacred emotion, of respecting the dead is being monetized?
Damn If I Die!
Seen PS I Love You? Gerry would have had such an easier time had this app been back then, right?! But just imagine the movie with Holly getting letters from a facebook app rather than mysterious letters! Get the point?
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