Digital Afterlife Industry Roundup

Dead Man’s Switch Beta

Earlier this week Dead Man’s Switch released a beta version. In an email to users founder Stavros Korokithakis announced the beta and hinted at new features to come.

The new version only contains about the same functionality as the old one, for now, but we would appreciate your help in testing it. We have planned for it a multitude of features, such as configurable intervals, file attachments, different ways of checkin, etc, but we need your help to make sure that everything is working properly.

We can only speculate that the underlying code received a rewrite to serve as a foundation for new features to come.

DataInherit Password Import For Firefox

The folks over at DataInherit tweeted about a quick and easy way to get started with their service by exporting saved passwords from Firefox. It’s a great way to get started, but also a great opportunity to remember those accounts that you may have forgotten about. Detailed instructions are available on their website.

World Without Me

World Without Me is a new digital estate planning and posthumous email service that’s in closed beta right now. Based in India, the service offers “Dispatches” as emails scheduled for the future (not just at death) and a “Vault” for storing usernames and passwords. More interesting is the “Footprint” component, which is an aggregation and archive service for social media:

It’s your Journal that treasures everything you did and thought about. Archive you digital footprint to create your autobiography on the go. Aggregate everything digital of significance (Facebook status updates, Tweets, Emails, and Documents) and share it with only the ones that matter.

Our email boxes are full of messages from new digital afterlife services. We’ll be adding those to our growing Digital Death and Afterlife Online Services List soon. If you have any industry news to share, feel free to drop us a line.

    About Evan Carroll

    Evan Carroll is an author, speaker and UX strategist who works to make digital experiences more personal, more emotional and more effective. A leader in the developing digital legacy and personal archiving arena, Evan is author and co-founder at The Digital Beyond and co-author of the book, Your Digital Afterlife: When Facebook, Flickr and Twitter Are Your Estate, What's Your Legacy?. Evan has appeared in numerous media outlets including The New York Times, NPR’s Fresh AirObit magazine, NPR’s Here and Now, Fox News, CNN and The Atlantic. A frequent speaker on both marketing and digital legacy, Evan has presented to audiences at SXSW Interactive (2010-2012, 2014), the Library of Congress, and the Internet Archive, among others. Evan holds BS and MS degrees in Information Science from UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science. He can be contacted by emailing or via Twitter @evancarroll.  Evan's personal site is www.evancarroll.net.

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    One Response to Digital Afterlife Industry Roundup

    1. Dusan March 15, 2012 at 1:25 am #

      What I would like to know is, when are we going to the next level, and start with transfer of bio to digital, my idea no matter how crazy it sounds, it is ahead of our time, two hundred years ago, no one imagined that people would fly in airplanes, idea is to download persons brain contents, before they die, which include personality, and memory, and transfer it online to previously created new digital life, a world online made and created by deceased person, in which they would continue their new life, and I believe it would be possible to establish line of communication with loved ones, just imagine the possibilities, scientists, artists, doctors, all the smart people who would otherwise die, and never be heard of them again, they would start the whole new community living their new life online, and being able to communicate with them, exchange of ideas, experiences, advices, it would be the best and amazing discovery ever in human history…
      we would actually never die, but simple replace our bodies with digital life, our mind would be transfered online where we would browse through, 24/7… just imagine, no more food, no more sleep, no more sickness…we would live forever, as long as internet exist, we would live inside, in a world created by us, with all the mountains, trees, house on hilltop, whatever in our imagination, we would create before we die, and simple we would upload from our brains, and download contents of our mind online, that way we would continue to live, create, think…
      Now, the trillion dollar question is, how we are going to upload our brain contents, with all the life memory, convert to digital, and download on computer?
      Whoever discovers how to do that, will be the richest person in the world…

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