Friday, April 17, 2009

E-mails from the dead ?


People are amazing with ways to make money.From a recent article:
"Death.

It happens to all of us at some point, of course. Some of us go expectedly, while others pass very sudden. But no matter which way we go, death is not cheap. From hospital bills to funeral home expenses and burial fees, lots of places are vying for a piece of an estate after a loved one is gone.

Want to notify people after you’ve died? Thanks to several Web sites, now you can.

You can now add another industry to that list. Deathswitch.com and Slightlymorbid.com will help the deceased communicate to friends and family even after they have left this world. Both sites will send out e-mails, provided by the deceased while they are living, to pre-selected people after they are gone. The information could contain passwords, final wishes, love notes, or just a simple message letting an online gaming buddy know that you have passed.

The first question that came to my mind was, “How do these sites know that someone has died?” Deathswitch relies on e-mail prompts that are sent at intervals determined by the user. If those e-mail prompts aren’t answered, Deathswitch assumes the user is no longer with us. Slightlymorbid uses a different approach. It requires a friend or family member of the deceased to log in to pronounce the person deceased...."
Read the full account:
http://scitech.blogs.cnn.com/2009/04/13/e-mails-from-the-dead/

– Christopher Piatt, CNN Media Coordinator

2 comments:

Kacey Anisa Stamats said...

Oh my, I remember seeing this a while ago. There was a gmail service that allowed messages to be sent, not just notifying death, but last will info, secret messages, the works.

Kacey Anisa Stamats said...

Would have signed up myself, but I feared a long vacation might somehow trigger death notices.