Written messages & videos from dead people will soon be appearing on FacebookFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Call it eerie, cool, a great idea or uncalled for: No matter what you think, in the near future written and video messages from dead people will begin to pop up on Facebook.
By: Todd Kurtz, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Call it eerie, cool, a great idea or uncalled for: No matter what you think, in the near future written and video messages from dead people will begin to pop up on Facebook.
The messages are written or recorded by the person before he or she dies,
that person designates dates and times for them to appear "after death,"
and this soon to launch site makes it happen.
There's already a widespread presence on Facebook from those gone.
Remembrance pages, like the one for Eleni Wilson, the West Fargo senior who died in 2011.
nearly 32-hundred people "like" it -- and those who miss her continue to post messages to this day.
But they never hear back.
(P.S. I love you)
"what is this"
Messages from the grave seem like something you'd only find in a movie.
But this site could soon make it part of everyday life. It's called "DeadSocial." You create an account, where you then write or record messages.
When you die the messages pop up here on Facebook or twitter. And this doesn't happen immediately, you pick the day or date and time and the site then makes it happen.
Kendra Steinke/Unsure of Idea: "it's just kind of odd to me I would never do it but to wish your mom happy birthday or wish dad happy fathers day would be cool."
Heather Sorenson: "it could be a good idea for your family just to hear things from you. I just feel it could help them get over your death."
You can schedule your posts to show up for the next 100 years. Site creators say in the test group they saw people using it to crack jokes, be sentimental or celebrate some sort of anniversary.
Jasmine Sigurdson: "my post would probably be more serious, just more like I love you, I miss you stuff like that."
Heather: "I think I'd want to be like this is what I want you to know or I love you yeah it'd probably be more serious."
Angela Breitenfildt: "I would probably just leave the creepiest messages possible just to scare the crap out of anybody."
The messages start after people you designated confirm your death. A similar site launched in Israel in 2011, it now has 200-thousand members.
Dead social will launch at the South by Southwest festival in March. And it probably won't surprise any of you that the event is at the Museum of the Weird.