We haven’t figured out if this tool is creepy or the most intriguing thing on the Internet today, but the team behind DeadSocial definitively generated some buzz at The Next Web Conference. The tool awards some sort of immortality to its users, at least on social networks.
DeadSocial Keeps Your Digital Legacy After You Die
“DeadSocial is a tool that allows anyone to create scheduled messages. These are distributed across their social networks after their death,” says the official website. This means that the users who register for free on the DeadSocial network can keep their Facebook, Twitter and Google+ accounts alive and active even after their deaths.
DeadSocial subscribers can schedule messages to be sent to their friends or followers for years after their passing. In brief, the tool keeps the digital legacy and uses technology to extend our online digital life. The team that came up with this idea and developed the project announced a beta release of the platform. Later on, the company will roll out a new version that integrates into Facebook Pages, according to the official website. Probably, for the companies who plan to file for bankruptcy but still want to remain in their customers’ memory.
Creepy, Yet Interesting Start-up
DeadSoci.al was selected amongst the final 19 start-ups to pitch, present and launch their services at The Next Web Conference, hosted these days in Amsterdam where I am present. The team from London entered the ‘Startup Rally’ and James Norris the founder of DeadSocial was the one walking up the stage to present his ideas and it seems it was one of the winning start-ups at the rally.
The intriguing platform that offers to keep our social accounts alive entered the Alpha channel of the start-up competition. This section of the competition is reserved to the brand new services, meaning that DeadSoci.al is launching these days. Amazon CTO Werner Vogels will preside over a team of experts who have the mission to decide this year’s start-up winner and we’ll know the results by the end of the month. For now, it was the best presentation at the Start-up rally.
What Social Accounts do When You Die
Currently, the lawyers and lawmakers specialized in the rights of the netizens are wandering what happens with the accounts on social networks after the users die. Some of the US states (Oklahoma, Nebraska and Oregon) already came with a solution. Here the authorities consider that the all the information stored on the social accounts is part of the users’ legacy; therefore the relatives have the right to claim access to these accounts after the owner’s death.
Facebook already has a system that allows the accounts of the members who died to be “memorialized.” This means that only the deceased user’s confirmed friends can view the profile and post messages on the wall in his or her remembrance. However, Facebook doesn’t allow access to these memorialized accounts to anyone, not even to the family of departed user.
Twitter has a different approach to the situation, more inclined to respect the privacy of the departed. The friends and family of the deceased users can contact Twitter and obtain a copy of the public tweets. Afterwards they can ask the account to be closed. A digital executor will need to verify name and contact details, the documents related to the death and the relationship to the user and at the end of this process the account is closed.
LinkedIn and YouTube need proof of death and also need to confirm the relationships and identity of the people who speak on behalf of a deceased user. If everything checks out, both platforms will grant heirs the access to the accounts of deceased members. Google+ and Gmail have a less complicated verification process but the result is the same.