New Facebook App 'If I Die,' Lets Users Compose Final Message In Advance (VIDEO)
The deathbed is an inconvenient place to compose your last Facebook update. Frankly, at that point, you might have other priorities.
However, a new application for the social media site called If I Die gives people a chance to write their final status update in advance. Hopefully, long in advance.
It works like this: After installing the free app, a person chooses three Facebook friends to be "trustees" whose job is to verify your eventual death. Once those people are picked, the user can then record videos or craft any number of status updates that will be published posthumously, such as "Why didn't I spend more time doing the mambo," "The pizza's better in heaven" or "Can somebody tape 'The Bachelor' for me?"
Once the trustees confirm your death, the post-mortem messages can be published all at once to your Facebook wall or released on a designated schedule, according to Mashable.com
The morbid app is the product of Willook, an Israeli startup, and the creators suggest using it to leave behind a final farewell, a long-held secret, or even one last insult, depending on a person's preference, according to GizMag.com.
The company also emphasizes that no one, not even anyone at the company, can see the messages that users create until their death is verified.
The idea for the after-death app came after the friends of company CEO Eran Alfonta nearly died in a car accident.
"They stopped aside and drank water and relaxed and started speaking between themselves: 'Oh my god, what would happen to the kids if something happened to me?'" he told NBCBayArea.com.
The idea seems to be striking a chord with Facebook users. In just a few days, the If I Die app has attracted nearly 7,000 likes on Facebook. However, it's a safe bet that no one wants to be the first one to actually use it.