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Can Twitter make you immortal?


Do you want to keep your online persona alive once you have passed away? Well now you can with LivesOn, a site that allows you to tweet from beyond the grave. Sophie Evans reports.


a new website to keep people tweeting from beyond the grave. LivesOn is an internet site that will carry on sending the 140 character messages to your own twitter feed even after you have passed away – and will make them sound exactly like you do on the social network site. The site proclaims: “God doesn’t exist, servers


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do. Sign up to the real afterlife.” Developed by Lean Mean Fighting Machine, a London-based ad agency, alongside Queen


hen your heart stops beating, you’ll keep tweeting sounds like the tag line to a horror film, but in fact it is the idea behind


Mary University in London, LivesOn uses artificial intelligence algorithms, collecting the information from your existing Twitter account, such as the words used frequently, likes and tastes to produce its own tweets in your style. Dave Bedwood, a creative partner at the firm,


said that he was ready for negative responses to the service. He said: “It divides people on a gut level,


before you even get to the philosophical and ethical arguments. “It offends some, and delights others. Imagine if people started to see it as a legitimate but small way to live on. “Cryogenics costs a fortune; this is free and I’d


bet it will work better than a frozen head.” The idea, which has been a couple of years in the making, follows a similar plot line to an episode of Black Mirror, written by Charlie Brooker. The hour-long show followed the story of


Martha, who sought solace in an online service that lets people stay in touch with the dead using all their past online communications to create a new person, after the death of her boyfriend. The LivesOn twitter feed says that the


developers had the idea a “couple of years ago and we’re now developing it. This is because of a Channel4 programme, Black Mirror, which was about the same subject. It was the perfect time to piggy back that.”


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