FarAwayFish.com: using the web to communicate with loved ones once you've gone

Web 2.0, Websites

mystic-madams-cigar.pngThough the Internet is near-ubiquitous and social networking is skyrocketing in popularity, there’ll inevitably come a point when every one of us can no longer update our status, post a tweet, upload a Flickr photo or write something pithy on our blog.

How would the friends and relatives you usually only see online know if you dropped off the end of the world? Sometimes, your friends and family will pay tribute to you online, but you can’t always rely on technophobe relatives to do that.

One solution, according to FarAwayFish.com, is to set up a special online profile that only gets unlocked and sent out once you die. Messages, photos, videos and audio can be recorded and stored for up to ten years after your death so that friends and relatives can log in and remember the happy times.

There’s supposed to be some pretty strong security in place to prevent abuse of the system — you wouldn’t want your intimate thoughts hacked or sent out while you’re still alive, after all. You have to nominate two informers or a “super informer” who will contact staff at the site when the time comes.

Founder of the site, Nick Annetts, said, “We have developed the technology so robust and secure that no users profile page or emails can be accessed until it is triggered by a dedicated informer. The internet is now beyond interacting with real friends in real-time, with the rise of social networking sites like Facebook and creating your own characters on Second Life. We are offering something that allows a deeper perspective on life.”

I like the idea, though I’m not sure whether I’m ready to set something like that up just yet. The front page of the site, which invited me to “click on our mystic Madams cigar, and she will help you recall some of those great moments in life” put me off a little, though.

What do you think? Would you set up a place online for your nearest and dearest to visit when you’ve gone?


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Andy Merrett
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