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A ‘Facebook’ for Dead People?


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You think Facebook's stockhas flopped over dead?

A new web service lets you post on Facebook even after YOU flop over.

Dead Socialallows people to create "timed Facebook messages" that will be sent out once they die. Birthday messages, anniversary pokes, even the occasional "inappropriate joke" can be preprogrammed to pop up for years after you've left this veil of tears.

The website invokes the spirits of Amy Winehouse and Steve Jobs.

What if they could still talk to us?

Would Jobs have revealed more about Apple TV? Tim Cooksure didn't say much this week. Of course, there's already a Facebook page purporting to represent Steve Jobs, though its latest entry is a Portuguese language video against a Brazilian hydroelectric plant. Siri, is this really what Steve cares about? Actually, I would prefer to hear Jobs' thoughts on those awkward Zooey Deschanel-Siri ads. #Fail

But I digress...

“Why should we stop creating content when we die?” Dead Social creator James Norristells Forbes.

Maybe because we're dead?

For the moment, Dead Social is free. Each new user has to designate someone to notify the site once the user dies. This will activate all those posthumous messages. The site is hoping to sign on a few celebrities to give it a higher profile.

So let's think about this. Sending your spouse regular messages like, "I love you" after you die sounds like a sweet idea. Is it? Long term? What if he or she moves on and remarries? Do you really want to constantly remind loved ones about the past?

Perhaps a better use for Dead Social is to use it as the Zombie weapon it is. Haunt everyone who ever wronged you, owes you money, or called you fat. Tell them, finally, how you really feel.

Just think .... "John, you were a cheap turd who still owes me $50." Look, you can even make stuff up. "OJ killed me." What's he gonna do...sue you? Though there may be hell to pay when you both meet up on the other side.

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  • Based in Los Angeles, Jane Wells is a CNBC business news reporter and also writes the Funny Business blog for CNBC.com.

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