Posted 02/22/2013 at 12:22 PM
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How much do you love Twitter? Are you addicted to the micro-blogging site to a point that you and your followers would miss your 140 character posts and retweets were you ever to die? No need to worry; just because you have kicked the bucket does not mean your Twitter account has to be left inactive. If you ever decide that you want to keep on tweeting from beyond the grave, all you need is a smartphone and a new app called LivesOn.
Now of course, if you are lying six feet under, using your iPhone to keep abreast of the latest Twitter trends is hardly going to be possible – not in this realm anyway. So how is any app going to help your followers enjoy your account? By using intricate knowledge of your online character, that’s how!
Given the tag line “When your heart stops beating, you’ll keep tweeting,” LivesOn has been developed by London based ad agency Lean Mean Fighting Machine and is an application that creates a virtual characterization of you by analyzing your user “likes, tastes, and syntax” to continue posting messages, updates and links after you have gone. The program can also retweet the statuses of others, by carefully selecting appropriate subjects for followers to enjoy. LivesOn users can also nominate a “Twitter manager” to run the account after the holder has passed on.
The app will be launched in March and, as you would expect from any application dealing with a subject such as death, LivesOn has divided opinion. However, negative responses are something expected by the developers.
“It divides people on a gut level, before you even get to the philosophical and ethical arguments,” said creative partner at Lean Mean Fighting Machine, Dave Bedwood.
“It offends some, and delights others. Imagine if people started to see it as a legitimate but small way to live on. Cryogenics costs a fortune; this is free and I’d bet it will work better than a frozen head,” Bedwood told The Guardian.
With Ouija boards no longer relevant in this digital age, it seems social media is where it’s at if you want to communicate from beyond the grave, and LivesOn is the app to help you do it.