My friend Enenche Akogwu was killed recently in a terrorist related attack while covering a report in Kano. It’s still shocking that he’s gone and sometimes I wander to his Facebook page and just stare at his blank status update and wonder what happens next? What becomes of our digital property after one’s death?
A new Social Networking Site came up with the idea of Dead Social. According to the Huffington Post, rather than let your Facebook and Twitter profiles sit unused forever, DeadSocial, a U.K. startup that launched in beta on 27 April at The Next Web Conference 2012, can link your DeadSocial account to your Facebook, Twitter and Google+ accounts and write messages to loved ones and friends to be sent out at given times after your death — days, months, even years after you’ve passed.
According to The Next Web, a “super administrator,” or a person you’ve chosen to access DeadSocial in the event of your death, can “untick” your account to indicate you’ve died; before your pre-written messages can be sent out.
On DeadSocial, there’s a box to share statuses, an “About Me” section and different tabs to view friends, groups, photos, videos and more. According to the site, a series of tutorials, sure to explain the ins and outs of using DeadSocial will be coming soon.