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Website offers social media updates for the dead

Published On: Jun 21 2013 12:06:16 PM CDT
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CNN

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A Minnesota man is offering a solution to a sensitive problem involving Social Media.

As we share so much of our personal lives online, what if that routine tweet or post about your pet, or your lunch, ends up being your final message?

A new site launched this week helps people leave thoughts that are more meaningful after their death.

An estimated 400 million tweets are sent every day. Facebook now has more than a billion active users, and Instagram adds five million photos a day.

"It's the way that we relate to people, the way that we learn about what they're doing in their lives." Dave Stewart has thought about that, and what a shame it would be, for something like this to be someone's final post. "Who knows how long this digital legacy you'll leave behind will be out there?"

Stewart this week launched Social Farewell, a site that lets you plan what you'd really like to say to friends and family, should you die unexpectedly.

Lynsey and Justin Aul are his business partners. "We're allowing people to have that comfort of, 'I know what my last post is going to be, it's there for my family. They're going to be able to grieve for me after I have passed."

At the outset, the site is charging four dollars and ninety five cents, for posts they would make on your behalf, to Facebook and Twitter. The twitter posts would have to be 140 characters or less.

"We use death indexes and other ways to track down legitimately whether you've passed or not." The posts wouldn't appear until the person's death has been confirmed. "I want to be able to tell my friends and family something else about my personal legacy and how I want them to remember me."

Depending on the client's personality, they expect a mix of philosophical, spiritual and even comical messages. "As we grow and as the unfortunate time comes where we do post for people, we'll see a big mix of things."

For those who aren't on Twitter or Facebook, this new site would also send final emails for you, and they hope to add more social network sites in the future.

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