A unique new program has been developed that aims to allow Twitter users to continue tweeting long after they're dead.
Created by British ad agency Lean Mean Fighting Machine, LivesOn works by setting up a second Twitter account someone and then studying their tweets, favourites, retweets, and writing style. Eventually—as in by the time that person dies—the LivesOn account will be able to accurately replicate what the now dead user would have been tweeting had they kept on living.
While a user remains alive, accounts are kept private and followed only by the person they're mirroring. Once that user is deceased, a family member or close friend can decide whether or not to make the account public.
LivesOn is described by the ad agency as an artificial intelligence experiment; thusly, the team behind it is small (five people) and there are no plans to monetize the service. So far, the service has 7,000 users awaiting its launch, according to the Canadian Press, which is this month.
We suppose the only real caveat with LivesOn is that it assumes Twitter itself won't die.