FARMINGTON, MN (WCCO/CNN) - A new site launched this week helps people leave meaningful social media messages after their death.
An estimated 400 million tweets are sent every day. Facebook now has more than a billion active users, and Instagram adds five million photos a day.
"It's the way that we relate to people, the way that we learn about what they're doing in their lives," Dave Stewart of socialfarewell said. "Who knows how long this digital legacy you'll leave behind will be out there?"
Lynsey and Justin Aul are his business partners.
"We're allowing people to have that comfort of, 'I know what my last post is going to be. It's there for my family. They're going to be able to grieve for me after I have passed,'" Lynsey Aul said.
At the outset, the site is charging $4.95 for posts they would make on behalf of the deceased to Facebook and Twitter. Naturally, the Twitter posts would have to be 140 characters or fewer.
The site will use death indexes and other ways to track down whether a person's legitimately deceased or not. The posts wouldn't appear until the person's death has been confirmed.
"I want to be able to tell my friends and family something else about my personal legacy and how I want them to remember me," Justin Aul said.
Depending on the client's personality, they expect a mix of philosophical, spiritual and even comical messages.
"As we grow and as the unfortunate time comes where we do post for people, we'll see a big mix of things," Stewart said.
For those who aren't on Twitter or Facebook, this new site would also send final emails, and they hope to add more social network sites in the future.