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Tweeting from the afterlife

Twitter fanatics can now rest in peace comfortably knowing that they can continue to tweet from beyond the grave.

A new application allows users to send posthumous Tweets, using intricate knowledge of their online personality to create a virtual afterlife profile.

As the new application puts it: “When your heart stops beating, you’ll keep Tweeting.”

The app, LivesOn, was launched in March, and makes an advanced analysis of users’ main Twitter feeds to carefully select appropriate subjects, likes, or articles that are likely to have been of interest to them, posting them on their behalf for their friends to read.

Pre-existing applications so far have only allowed users to schedule prepared updates.

Users of LivesOn can even nominate an ‘executor’ to their LivesOn will, who will decide whether to keep the account ‘live’.

A similar application was recently seen in a British television drama ‘Black Mirror’. It showed a bereaved woman speaking to a virtually-constructed version of her deceased husband, which was built from his previous online communications, despite him not having laid any plans to maintain social media communications after his death.

The application is cut from the same cloth as one launched last April, named DeadSocial, and another Israeli application which was launched in January 2102, called If I Die.

However, whereas LivesOn bases its postings on pre-existing behaviour models, these currently-active applications allow their deceased users to send messages from beyond the grave to private Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

LivesOn accounts will be private and will only have one follower: the user who it is mirroring.

When the user is deceased, a family member or close friend, can decide whether to make the account public so that tweets can continue to be generated from the afterlife.

Copyright © 2014 euronews

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