If I Die – Last Words via Facebook Application

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?

If I Die logo

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.

Sound Morbid?

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, andย 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!

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:

If I Die video

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?ย 

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2 Comments

  1. March 1, 2013 / 2:15 pm

    Such an interesting topic, Jamie!
    I don’t think I would use the If I Die App — maybe write a letter or record a video and keep it offline for my family or close friends. I feel like this might be one of those things that’s best left out of social media. But as everything gets even more digitized, I can see this catching on.

    • JamieLeighTO
      March 2, 2013 / 12:32 pm

      I think years of romcoms have taught me that I should leave letters for every occasion for every person in my life! But in all seriousness, I like that idea too. I really hate myself on video so it’s kind of funny that I’m going to make one for my friends and family. If not for this “experiment” I don’t think I would ever do something like this! Seems morbid to plan at 26!