Last year’s Superbrothers: Sword and Sorcery EP allowed players to send realtime tweets about their character. A new and suspiciously fatalistic Facebook app titled “If I Die” suggests Facebook app developers are thinking alike:
If I Die lets “you” post a final message to your wall and loved one when you’re dead. After installing the app, you choose three “trustees” (Facebook friends) who are charged with verifying your death. Users can then record videos or craft any number of Facebook posts to be published posthumously. When your trustees confirm your death, your messages can be published all at once to your Facebook wall or released on a designated schedule.
When Facebook’s new Timeline was unveiled late last year, critics decried the fact that it either became more difficult to “shed past identities,” or easier for creative curating of one’s personal history. Either way, your virtual self ain’t going nowhere. So maybe we should all start thinking like the Superbrothers heroes (or, let’s be fair, Rick Ross) and pondering our last wishes.