‘ if I die ‘ Facebook App Lets You Create Posthumous Message For Your Friends

Posted: 09/01/2012 in Social Networking/ Social Media
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Facebook seems to have an app for every aspect of everyday life at this stage, but what about the afterlife? With Facebook accounts becoming more and more ubiquitous, they serve a purpose as a keepsake box of sorts, with the new timeline profiles furthering this use. A part of us is preserved in our online legacy, so there is now an app that allows us to communicate a final message to our Facebook friends after our demise.

Succinctly titled “If I Die”, the app’s concept initially sounds quite morbid and spooky, some people may be put off by the sense that it’s not a million miles away from being a communication from beyond the grave. But it could also be seen as more of a personal, visual appropriation of a last testament, a final message that you have control over.  The process of leaving behind a message for your friends involves three steps – installing the app on Facebook, then recording or writing a message to leave behind, and finally, choosing three trustees from your Facebook friends, who will be left in charge of reporting your death, thus allowing the message to be activated.

It’s a tricky app to try to convince people to use, as thinking about your own demise is not a thought to be relished, but the explanatory video does its best to give the subject matter a light-hearted tone with animation and lines such as “Now you’re probably thinking to yourself ‘I don’t remember scheduling an appointment with Death anytime soon ‘ and you’re right, but so is Death, right around the corner. So don’t wait until it’s too late, leave your message today.”

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