Saturday, April 28, 2012

"Living" Social Media for the Deceased

Ever wonder what would happen to any one of your social media accounts(Twitter, Facebook, etc.) if you were to suddenly find yourself six feet under? Normally, it would go unused and become a member of the digital wasteland of inactivity. Now you can have control over its usage once you've passed. Eerily enough, the digital mediascape isn't simply transforming the daily lifestyle aspects of the living, but for the deceased as well., a U.K. website that launched its beta form on April 27, will allow a deceased member of several social media communities to put their accounts to good use even after they've passed for days, months and even years. By linking your DeadSocial account to your Facebook or Twitter accounts, you will be able to send preset messages to your loved ones after you've passed. An "administrator" of your choosing, who will have access to your DeadSocial account in the event of your untimely(or timely) death, can access your account to indicate your unfortunate falling. 

Like every successful social media platform, your DeadSocial profile will have tabs for your "About Me," photos, videos and friends. The beta having been recently released, tutorials will be soon available for those who're interested in the concept.

In my personal opinion, this concept of "social media for the dead" is wrong on so many levels. At the same time however, I can't argue with the possibility that the deceased's social accounts and login information will be lawfully integrated into a person's will. I would much rather keep my social account and its information safe within the hands of a loved one rather than have it lying around in digital cyberspace for anyone to access.

If you would like more information on the DeadSocial website, you may want to view the video post in this link:

1 comment:

  1. This is an interesting story, which I might find less outlandish than you do, since I've written both about memorialization on social network sites and anxieties about passwords, privacy, and security. Of course, you should try to post stories that have a clear connection to the material in our digital journalism class.