“Forget Ouija boards. If you want to communicate with the dead these days, all you need is Twitter,” Will Coldwell reports for The Guardian. “Much like last week’s episode of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, in which a grieving woman uses a digital service to communicate with her deceased boyfriend, social media is already bridging the gap between the living and the dead.”

“Launching in March is a new Twitter app called LivesOn,” Coldwell reports. “The service uses Twitter bots powered by algorithms that analyse your online behaviour and learn how you speak, so it can keep on scouring the internet, favouriting tweets and posting the sort of links you like, creating a personal digital afterlife. As its tagline explains: ‘When your heart stops beating, you’ll keep tweeting.'”

Coldwell reports, “Another service, DeadSocial, puts the power in the deceased’s hands. It is a ‘digital legacy tool’ that lets you set up a series of messages to be sent out posthumously, via Facebook and Twitter.”

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