Do you ever wish that you could speak from beyond the grave?
Have some skeletons in the closet you want to share but only once you’re long gone?
About a year ago I first heard about a Facebook application that allowed you to do just that. If I Die allows you to prepare a text or video message to be published after you die. Once the idea was planted I kept thinking about the implications of something like this to our digital lives, and the lives of our friends and family.
How it Works
Record your video or text message via the Facebook app. Choose at least 3 trustees in charge of reporting your death. These should be close friends or family who will publish your last words once at least 3 of them confirm your death through the app. Once your death is confirmed, your death will be reported on your social networks. Your video or written message will also be posted.
It certainly does to me. But as a social media addict and someone who is really curious about what happens to my small corner of the internet when I’m gone, I’m going to give it a try. Luckily I have someone equally as morbid and curious on my side – a great journalist named Marc – who will also be documenting my experience and going on this adventure with me.
I have already signed up for the app and will be uploading a video with my “last words”. I’ll be asking my friends and family about their thoughts on this service, and at the end of this social experiment I will be asking my trustees to report my death on the If I Die app to release my video!
I’m having a hard time deciding what to talk about in my video. I don’t have any deep, dark secrets to share and I don’t have any cruel revenge messages for anyone. I want to leave a certain feeling behind…of love, of hope, of happiness, but how do I convey that through a video?
I sat down to do some brainstorming and this is what I came up with:
Most importantly, would my family or friends want to see a video or read a message from me after I die?
I need you to weigh in: what are your thoughts on the If I Die app? Would you want a message from a loved one? What would you want them to say? Would you want to record your own?