Saying Goodbye via Social Media: 'If I Die' Facebook Appcarolyncastiglia
As a parent, you can’t help but think about the fact that there is a chance that you could die before your children are grown. Even if you’re perfectly healthy, you might be killed in an accident or some other unforeseen tragedy. If you’re a responsible adult, chances are you’ve got life insurance and/or a will and you’ve planned for your child’s future in the event that something should happen to you, but what about the sentimental side of dying? What about leaving your child messages for his/her future birthdays or wedding? It’s sort of morbid to think about, but if you could easily leave your children and other loved ones video and written messages for them to read years after your death, would you?
Well, there’s an app for that.
The If I Die Facebook app was created by Eran Alfonta “when two of his married friends traveled to Italy without their children and narrowly escaped a fatal car crash with a truck,” according to Mashable. Then “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 “allows messages to come out on a schedule. For example, when one user was diagnosed with cancer, she started recording videos for her daughter to be posted on her birthday every year until she was 18.” Right now, the app can only post messages on a 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.” Sending private messages will cost you, though.
Zachary Sniderman of Mashable notes, “In a way, If I Die gives its users a measure of social media immortality. Even when they die, their profiles can live on, posting comments and sending personal messages for as long as they have messages to send.” Which is both kind of awesome and creepy. If I were to die before old age, I think I’d want my online accounts to remain visible for a while to give friends and loved ones time to grieve and experience me for a bit longer. But then I’d want them dismantled at some point. Which is why it’s probably a good idea to list your sites and their passwords within your important paperwork and leave instructions about how to handle your blogs and Tumblrs and Twitter accounts, too.
Image and source: Mashable
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