You can tweet from the womb, why not from beyond the grave? In a bizarre twist on the supernatural, social media is bridging the gap between the living and the deceased.
Wishing you could have one last conversation with your uncle who passed away last month? In March, that might become a reality. The LivesOn app, debuting next month for Twitter, aims to make the afterlife more social.
"When your heart stops beating, you'll keep tweeting," the company's tagline reads. By employing artificial intelligence technology, LivesOn can analyze your main Twitter feed - learning typical likes, tastes, and syntax - to create "new" tweets.
The minimal homepage answers few questions about the service, like how LivesOn knows when a user has kicked the bucket, or even why anyone would want their Twitter feed to outlive them. The application's purpose, it seems, is to entice those still breathing to sign up for the service, get their tweets in order, then wait until they die to haunt family and friends via social media.
LivesOn even allows users to nominate an executor to their will — someone who can decide when to cut the cord on a LivesOn account.
"Whilst you're alive it should be [very] helpful," the company wrote on Twitter last week. "Digital you finds the stuff you like online, allowing the real you to get on with other stuff."
Interested users can sign up online to be notified when the service debuts in March.
LivesOn isn't the only Web-based way to inhabit social media even from the grave: DeadSocial - which links to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn - allows anyone with access to a computer to create timed messages that will be delivered in the future. Want to say hello to your unborn great grandchild? Record and save a video to be released when they're old enough to understand it.
DeadSocial can also remind a widow of anniversaries and send friends dirty jokes — in the year 2047. The site will launch in full beta in the coming weeks, but anyone can register now to prepare for life's next steps.