Have you had one of those WTF moments recently? In the social recruiting world, I experience them from time to time, but the one I am going to share with you now has got absolutely nothing to do with work. I am going slightly off-topic just for today, even though it has a lot to do with social media.
I was driving home from a client in Birmingham last night, listening to podcast, when the someone (in the podcast) started highlighting a new trend in social media, that made me actually say the three words- WTF - out loud (and very loud I might add!) in the car.
To be honest, I wasn't sure whether to share this today on the blog (as it is a little off topic, and may make some people uncomfortable), but I want to see if it is just me or whether you have similar feelings towards this social media subject? So here goes.....
DeadSoci.al enables you to send out messages to your social networks -Facebook,Twitter & LinkedIn - after you have died.
Has that sunk in yet?
In their words, "It allows you say your final goodbyes on your own terms'. Is it just me or is this taking things in social media a stage too far?
Just to start the debate, here is what some of the big US publications think about this product:
- "The concept, though a bit shocking, makes sense for many people who wish to share their final thoughts post-mortem".(The Next Web)
- "A message from a loved one after a fatal accident could help in the grieving process" (Forbes)
- "DeadSocial helps you contact friends and family from beyond the grave" (Huffington Post)
- "A way to tweet from beyond the grave" (The Wall Street Journal)
I am really not sure about this. For those of you that have lost loved ones or close friends, would you really like tweets, Facebook or LinkedIn messages from them post death?
Personally, when I lost my brother a few years ago, the last thing I would have wanted would have been social media messages popping up in my time lines, but that is just me.
What do you think?
This is one of those subjects that will no doubt drive mixed conversation. Would you set up some messages for people after you have passed away?
Please share your opinion below - I am really curious to see what your feelings are on this.
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