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ADVERTORIAL As strange as the idea seems, LivesOn, which


went “live” on October 1, is just one of the latest websites offering the service to carry on using social network sites to carry on your social media life after death. DeadSocial, launched in April 2012 and which is compatible with both Facebook and Twitter, and If I Die, launched in January 2012, offer users the ability to send predetermined messages from beyond the grave to selected Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. DeadSocial can be scheduled to post social media updates for long after users have passed away, while If I Die posts a single video or text message to the Facebook wall of any user after three friends confirm their death. But LivesOn is the first service to offer the


ability to automatically continue posting in the style of the dead user. The software and artificial intelligence were


months and months in the making but, with the website up and running, explaining what the technology was all about, 12,000 people signed up to hear more when LivesOn went “live”, allowing people to sign up to use the controversial software. But, some of the results from LivesOn are not


Above: Mobile Phone by goomomyuko@sxc.hu,


always very accurate and make little sense. The algorithms take parts of all the tweets you have sent through your account while alive to


make up the new messages once you are dead. Dave said: “Sometimes they are really


funny, sometimes they are gobbledygook and sometimes they do sound exactly like you. “I tweet absolute nonsense anyway so you


can’t really tell the difference.” LivesOn works best when people have had


their twitter account for over a year and have sent over 1,000 tweets. Visit the LivesOn website at www.liveson.org


HOW IT WORKS


WHEN YOUR HEART STOPS beating, you’ll keep tweeting. Anyone with a Twitter account can sign up to


LivesOn, and an executor is assigned who will decide, once you have died, whether to keep your account open or not. LivesOn analyses your original twitter feed


and tweets in the same style as you did, looking at your likes, word usage and tastes. The tweets generated by LivesOn have via


@_LivesOn in them, so everyone knows that it has been generated through the site and has not been sent by you directly. LivesOn works best if you have sent over


1,000 tweets and have been signed up to the social media site for over a year. Sign up to LivesOn at www.liveson.org.


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