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How To Send Email When You're Dead

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the use-your-dead-hand dept.

Communications 165

The Narrative Fallacy writes "'The Last Messages Club' is a new service that sends personal emails written prior to one's death to loved ones in the future. The messages can range from a final love letter, guidance for someone left behind, a list of instructions, details on life insurance and other financial information. 'No one likes to think about their impending "demise," but it is much better to be fully-prepared, so that there is less stress on your loved ones after you pass away,' says founder Geoff Reiss. The system works by giving each member a secure and private vault where they are able to create messages to be sent specifically to their chosen recipient. A secure process ensures that messages are only sent after at least two people appointed by the user have confirmed that you have died and other safety criteria are met. 'I thought at first that maybe it was a bit ghoulish but on consideration I think it's a great idea as it would be nice for loved ones to receive messages from me when I'm no longer here,' says a technical adviser to the company. 'It's strange really as it makes you confront your own mortality in a sense.'"

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165 comments

Creepy... (5, Interesting)

Annwvyn (1611587) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082411)

Though I suppose it is no more creepier than a will. Does said death-mail have legal standing?

Re:Creepy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29082493)

Creepy? I'll say. Mabe even downright stupid.

If I got an email from a loved one after their death, I would think it was a cruel tasteless joke or marketing scam - I don't care what the company insists on their website or in the email. As far as I'm concered, ALL unsolicited email is a fraud and we all know here how easy it is for fake anything on the NET.

A hand written letter by said loved one either stored in a safe deposit box or delivered by a lawyer would mean something.

This "service" is a complete waste of money and it's a pathetic idea. Typical of the shoddy asinine business ideas that appear on the internet.

Re:Creepy... (2, Insightful)

LinkX39 (1100879) | more than 4 years ago | (#29083663)

Creepy? I'll say. Mabe even downright stupid.

Not at all. The summary clearly states that it requires 2 people that YOU appoint to confirm death before they will send the e-mail. This means these two people need to know about the service. I would suppose in most cases at least one of these two would be your intended recipient, meaning they know to expect the e-mail. Even if people receiving it weren't on your confirmation list I'm sure the site's intention is to warn those who would receive the e-mail before passing so there are no bad surprises.

You may not agree with the service (I know I certainly don't, I agree with you that a hand written message is best) but just because you don't think it's useful doesn't make it pathetic. Ultimately, if people sign up for the service it will survive, if not then it was a bad idea and it will fade away.

Re:Creepy... (1)

darkpixel2k (623900) | more than 4 years ago | (#29084165)

Not at all. The summary clearly states that it requires 2 people that YOU appoint to confirm death before they will send the e-mail. This means these two people need to know about the service.

I had a much better idea, never started the project though.
You can (optionally) encrypt the messages via GPG and upload them to the site. Address them to whomever you want. (E-mail is free, if you want something sent out via postal mail, you must put a deposit on your account.) You set a timer--like 2 days, 1 week, 1 month, etc... You signing into the website resets the timer. If you don't sign in, the system assumes you are dead and your stuff is delivered. Obviously with options to remind you via email or SMS that your are about to be considered 'dead' or what-not.

I even registered deadlocker.com 2 years ago for the project. Since I have done exactly jack *#&$ with it in 2 years, I have resolved to let it expire. Bah.

Re:Creepy... (2, Insightful)

MikeURL (890801) | more than 4 years ago | (#29084529)

At least one potential downside is that you forget to log in. Then everyone gets a deathgram and you've scared the hell out of everyone.

Re:Creepy... (1)

darkpixel2k (623900) | more than 4 years ago | (#29084737)

At least one potential downside is that you forget to log in. Then everyone gets a deathgram and you've scared the hell out of everyone.

That's why I mentioned in my post about a 'reminder' feature. Say you set your your 'death timer' at 1 month and your reminder at 1 week. When you have 1 week left on your timer, you get an email or SMS. And ultimately, if you set this all up and totally forget about it and/or ignore it, there's not much I can do. I can't tell the difference between 'dead you' and 'I-forgot-to-sign-in you'.

Re:Creepy... (1)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 4 years ago | (#29084615)

I also agree that a simple handwritten note kept in a safety deposit box labeled with the recipients name(s) is a far better solution for your basic letter from the grave. A loved one then has a physical letter that he/she can hold and keep. Instead of a sterile electronic message.

Now what a service like this would be good for is if you had a wide list of people you wish to inform of your death. Say I want to spam 100 people when I die, like inform an online community that I will no longer be around to make posts. Or tell every distance friend and acquaintance some mysterious secret on my death, seems like sending out an email is a very practical way to do that.

But if I have to find two people I trust to verify my death anyways, I should just put the email with instructions on sending it on some media and stuff it in an envelope too.

Re:Creepy... (5, Insightful)

ParticleGirl (197721) | more than 4 years ago | (#29084805)

A friend of mine's mother passed away a few years ago, and before she died she told her daughter that she had left a very important letter for her. She said that her daughter would find it after she passed away. Well, my friend spent months tearing apart her mother's house and belongings, and never found the letter. Did her mother change her mind at the last minute? Did she hide it too well? Had she never gotten around to writing it? One thing that an email service has going for it is that the message is delivered. There is no finding involved. My friend will agonize about that letter for the rest of her life.

Re:Creepy... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29082549)

What would really be creepy is if the "Reply" button was greyed out. Or, if you hit Reply, Outlook would raise the message box: The intended recipient is not available, and never will be. If you would like to leave a thoughtful message, perhaps you should have communicated some of that when s/he was still alive.

Re:Creepy... (3, Funny)

kdemetter (965669) | more than 4 years ago | (#29083047)

Something like :

"This is the mail system at host xxxxx.

I'm sorry to have to inform you that your message could not
be delivered to one or more recipients. It's attached below.

For further assistance, please send mail to postmaster. "

I get that all the time , from people who are alive , but their mailboxes have sadly passed away.

Re:Creepy... (4, Funny)

DangerFace (1315417) | more than 4 years ago | (#29083753)

This could give a whole new meaning to 'mailer daemon'...

Re:Creepy... (4, Funny)

NotBornYesterday (1093817) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082551)

Now, if they could guarantee getting me a posthumous FP on /. it would be worth a look. They could call it "lastfirstpost.com" or something.

Of course, you might get sent to hell for that.

Re:Creepy... (4, Funny)

Idbar (1034346) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082815)

Sounds like a brilliant idea! What if laststatusupdate.com for example, changes my facebook status from single (we all know this is slashdot) to passed away.
Maybe my twitter could be along the lines of "now i'm in a better place than my parents basement".
Ok yes, it's creepy...

Re:Creepy... (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 4 years ago | (#29085079)

Depending on how angry your parent's are about you still living at home, you might still be in the basement...or rather, just under the basement floor...

Re:Creepy... (1)

Sfing_ter (99478) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082853)

Perhaps Cowboy Neal now has a new revenue stream.
"Finally get that 'First POST' - after your final day - Send 99.95 to Cowboy Neal! Do it Today!!"

Re:Creepy... (1)

sukotto (122876) | more than 4 years ago | (#29083239)

If you're a "first post" poster then you're going to Hell anyway. :-)

Re:Creepy... (3, Funny)

Smivs (1197859) | more than 4 years ago | (#29083583)

One late ./er did better than this. When Roland Piquepaille passed away, he posted a comment on his own Obituary thread [slashdot.org] . NOW THAT'S CREEPY!

Re:Creepy... (4, Insightful)

The Empiricist (854346) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082611)

Does said death-mail have legal standing?

It would depend on the state and the intent of the mail. Wills have traditionally required a lot of formalities to be effective (e.g., signatures of the testator and witnesses) with some interesting exceptions (e.g., the "holographic" will, a will written *entirely* in the hand of the testator). Many states have loosened up on the formalities though, but the document would still need to be a clear expression of the intent of the deceased.

Plus, there could be some confusion if the document promised one thing, but another document promised something conflicting. Which one takes precedent? Would courts decide based on when the documents were created or when they were intended to be delivered?

Another thing to consider is that these messages to be sent after death would probably be easier to obtain during lawsuit discovery than a will. A will written with an attorney's assistant may be a privileged document. If subpoenaed, The Last Messages Club may (or may not) fight to protect messages not yet delivered from discovery. But courts are less likely to protect such messages from disclosure than a will (although, perhaps various courts will agree to in camera review, meaning that the judge looks at the document first to decide whether it is relevant to the litigation at hand).

One last thing to consider: your message might produce evidence that could lead to a lawsuit against your estate, and thus hold up your assets. The Last Messages Club could mitigate this problem by allowing your messages to be put on hold for a number of years after receiving proof of your death. This could help ensure that your estate has been disbursed and increase the probability of a statute of limitations being hit.

As is, The Last Messages Club should probably be used to send those personal messages that don't have any real legal implications. If you want to write a will, hire a lawyer and do it right, don't try to do it yourself with a somewhat gimicky service.

Re:Creepy... (1)

impaledsunset (1337701) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082627)

What's wrong with setting up a cron job to run sendmail just before you die? That's what I usually do... Oh, wait...

Re:Creepy... (5, Interesting)

capt.Hij (318203) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082837)

Though I suppose it is no more creepier than a will. Does said death-mail have legal standing?

My grandmother recently passed away. She had made a number of arrangements including her burial, the religious services, final wishes, and what not. It was a huge help and comfort for us. We had a set of guides to help us make decisions that we think that she would have preferred. Such decisions are difficult under normal circumstances but even more difficult right after she died. My father on the other hand made almost no provisions, and it was all the more difficult to get through the situation.

I no longer see this as creepy but as a healthy and respectful way to treat your loved ones and to help them prepare for what they will have to face.

Re:Creepy... (2, Insightful)

Joe Tie. (567096) | more than 4 years ago | (#29083769)

I think the main difference in how you see it is experience with death. I imagine it's creepy as hell if death is creepy as hell to you. But when you've come to see the inevitability of it, actually experienced it in your life, it becomes just another aspect of existence.

Re:Creepy... (2, Insightful)

Jarik_Tentsu (1065748) | more than 4 years ago | (#29083311)

I can see some epic pranks happening with this service in the future. =P

Re:This is /. (1)

miknix (1047580) | more than 4 years ago | (#29083657)

A better way would be to add a watchdog timer to your personal server that periodically checks for your activity on the system (last login, etc). If the timer expires let the system mail everybody automatically and trigger auto-destruction mode.

Next time you go on vacations, don't forget to ssh into the box just to refresh the timer or some people will die or think you died.

Re:Creepy... (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 4 years ago | (#29084013)

I'm a little confused about what is special enough about this to be posted to Slashdot. These services have been around for a good decade and I'm sure there are plenty of them featured in Slashdot articles. What's next? "New service that lets you send text messages to your phone from the interwebs!"?

I LOL'd (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29082417)

"No one likes to think about their impending demise"

Ever been married?

Captcha: ethanolfueledisafaggot

Sounds like a movie (3, Funny)

Quentusrex (866560) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082419)

Sounds just like a movie... Strange, I have a craving for Jameson Irish Whiskey.

Re:Sounds like a movie (1)

drseuk (824707) | more than 4 years ago | (#29085167)

"Marty, send DeLorean. Fscukin' hotmail still buggered in 1886 so not able to send dead email hence Western Union dead letter. P.S., bring your umbrella for when you get this. Love Doc."

Will (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29082431)

That's exactly the same as a will, how revolutionary!!
 
Stupid marketing people....

And for the fundies... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29082435)

There's http://www.youvebeenleftbehind.com/ [youvebeenleftbehind.com] .

Really- it's not a joke.

Re:And for the fundies... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29083673)

I just started crying because I didn't think of that idea. It's a free, legal way to con gullible people out of their money. In subscription form.

Old news... (1)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082437)

I haven't been able to find it yet, but I believe this was mentioned on Slashdot at least a couple of years ago. Unless it was someone else running the same sort of site...

Re:Old news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29082489)

There was a Law & Order episode called "Rapture" that featured a similar type of site. Apparently the site in the show was partially based of off raptureletters.com.

Re:Old news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29082859)

Yeah, my first reaction was "I know I've seen this before...". And I haven't watched Law & Order so I doubt that sibling post's suggestion applies here.

But then again... The service that I've heard of probably was real mail, not e-mail. I remember having made jokes about how I should totally send "holiday cards". You know... "It's warm here. I mean very warm. I'm waiting forwards to seeing you again."

Re:Old news... (1)

tom17 (659054) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082955)

Yes, quite old now. http://justincaseidie.com/ [justincaseidie.com]

Last post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29082445)

So long, Slashdot!

better unsaid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29082461)

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. Benjamin Franklin

How does the service know when you are dead? (0)

NobleSavage (582615) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082465)

So how do they figure out that you kicked the bucket?

Re:How does the service know when you are dead? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29082511)

I'm sure their assassins alert them to the fact you are dead.

I got the sickness (5, Funny)

unlametheweak (1102159) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082487)

What if you are undead? Does the email get sent?

Re:I got the sickness (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29084291)

Yes, to millions of people, via spam on a zombie bot-net.

Stupid business model (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29082491)

A secure process ensures that messages are only sent after at least two people appointed by the user have confirmed that you have died and other safety criteria are met.

Might as well get these two people to send that mail directly to my loved ones.

Re:Stupid business model (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082613)

Also, if you give it directly to those two people, you know that if one of them should turn up dead, too, your message will be sent anyways. Since those people are inevitably some you have very close relations to, it's not unlikely that in case of a deadly accident, one of them might have been involved, too.

Re:Stupid business model (1)

Mozk (844858) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082657)

This isn't news anyway. Websites like this have been around for a while [ktvu.com] . There are a few others I've seen, but I can't remember their names.

I've never complained about what makes it to the front page on Slashdot, but really, the only thing connecting this to Slashdot's genre (news for nerds, stuff that matters) is that it has something to do with email.

Re:Stupid business model (3, Insightful)

icegreentea (974342) | more than 4 years ago | (#29084629)

Unless you don't want those two people to know the contents of that mail.

Re-inventing the wheel (5, Insightful)

coffeechica (948145) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082509)

The idea of a will has existed for quite a while now. And your loved ones will, in all likeliness, find it a lot more useful if you leave them a dead-tree folder with all the collected information on insurances, people to notify, financial information etc. Much less creepy than postmortem emails, and less likely to end up in the spam filter. Not to mention that such a folder is useful in other situations too, such as if you have an accident and end up incapable of taking care of your affairs.

Re:Re-inventing the wheel (1)

jgrahn (181062) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082609)

The idea of a will has existed for quite a while now. And your loved ones will, in all likeliness, find it a lot more useful if you leave them a dead-tree folder with all the collected information on insurances, people to notify, financial information etc. Much less creepy than postmortem emails, and less likely to end up in the spam filter. Not to mention that such a folder is useful in other situations too, such as if you have an accident and end up incapable of taking care of your affairs.

Yeah. People who provide services like these need to explain how this is better than an actual will. And how they expect the service to survive longer than you and me.

The same goes for a similar service which got a lot of press here in .se recently -- one which would, at your death, unregister your accounts at sites like ... uh, Slashdot.

At the same time, perhaps lawyers (or whoever manages wills) need to adapt to modern technology and offer some of these things.

Re:Re-inventing the wheel (1)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082873)

It is cheap.

Re:Re-inventing the wheel (2, Interesting)

Felix Da Rat (93827) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082707)

You are of course correct,

However, if there was an option for sending letters out at specific times after your demise, that might offer some additional value. Being able to send your kids a message on their significant birthdays, for their (first) marriage, the birth of your first grandchild, etc. Things like that might add some value, of course such letters could sit in the same folder your propose, and wouldn't have to worry about technologies changing, new addresses, or the spam filter, but would be less automated.

Maybe the value is in sending out 'So I'm dead, you win. But I still think your a bastard' messages to folks you don't like.

Reach out to more people (3, Interesting)

PleaseFearMe (1549865) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082729)

The emails can be sent to many many people, even those who probably would not read the will. Like maybe telling an old boss something, etc.

Re:Re-inventing the wheel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29083289)

The idea of doing this online has also been around for quite a while - Justincaseidie.com has been around for a couple of years at least, and I've stumbled on quite a few others over the last 12 months.

John Donne (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29082519)

Ask not for who the inbox chimes; it chimes for thee

soul storage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29082527)

Is this anything like the Soul Storage Company? [thesoulsto...ompany.com]

Nothing classier than last greetings via email (4, Funny)

iJusten (1198359) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082531)

"Sorry love, seems like I snuffed it, lol. Try 2 take care of the kidz!"

Re:Nothing classier than last greetings via email (1)

neonsignal (890658) | more than 4 years ago | (#29083167)

nothing classier;

except perhaps the death tweet on twitter...
(something like the internet version of a death rattle)

Re:Nothing classier than last greetings via email (4, Funny)

Joe Jay Bee (1151309) | more than 4 years ago | (#29083443)

Or some kind of lolcat. "Im in ur coffin feedin ur wormz".

I'd rather twitter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29082545)

It'd be cooler to let someone send a tweet from the grave to unleash their botnet...

Yeah, right... (1)

superphysics (1619033) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082557)

... but I don't wanna die! :(

Law and Order (1)

bittles (1619071) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082563)

wasn't that in a law and order episode? If I remember correctly there was a bug in the system and it sent out all of the emails early and some guy committed suicide over it

Re:Law and Order (2, Informative)

bittles (1619071) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082591)

found it, last season - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1343619/ [imdb.com] , will there ever be another original idea

Re:Law and Order (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#29084481)

Law and Order is all about taking ideas from current events, so I'm not sure I would give them any credit (or bother criticizing them for a single instance of it).

Comment on Slashdot when you're dead (1, Funny)

O'Nazareth (1203258) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082569)

What about a last goatse-like message posted on Slashdot?

Re:Comment on Slashdot when you're dead (1)

James Skarzinskas (518966) | more than 4 years ago | (#29083433)

lastgoatse.com - goatse from the grave. Seem like a stretch?

Spam from ghosts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29082677)

Yeah, now in addition to spam from People and Programs there will also be Spam from Ghosts

Death Messages (1)

AlHunt (982887) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082683)

Legacy Locker is another one http://legacylocker.com/ [legacylocker.com] . There was also one a while back specifically for online gamers. If you failed to login in a certain period of time, your guild (or whatever) was notified of your apparent demise.

examples (1)

negrace (984807) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082719)

1) "I am gonna get ya!" 2) "Dear John, I am writing you to inform that you will die tomorrow. After you die, meet me at the cemetery at precisely 12am". 3) If you are not dead yet, please kindly disregard this message. Otherwise meet with us at midnight and head for the city. Braaaaizzz!!!

Not sensible (1)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082721)

Most of us can't even reliably archive our family photos on a computer.

Some companies charged with keeping people frozen cryogenicly can't even be trusted to do that job, and in those scenarios, the frozen person's potential future life is at stake.

All those important post-mortem details mentioned in the summary can very reliably be handled with a safe deposit box, and one or more executors.

Easy no fees secure method exists. (3, Insightful)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082763)

Just print the text and graphics to plain paper, seal it in an envelop and make it part of the estate to be distributed by the executor. Very safe, hack proof and does not require any unusual level of cooperation from third parties nor fees. If you want you can leave a soft copy in a disk or a chip and ask the executor to email the message, if you are hung up over "its got to be email not mail".

First Dead Post (1)

fartrader (323244) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082811)

W00t!!!!!

How do they find "new" eMail addresses...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29082825)

Some folks I know still send us "Our new eMail address" messages, eg,
after each ISP switchover.

How does this company intend to (more or less) guarantee delivery, ie,
for such address changers?

Re:How do they find "new" eMail addresses...? (1)

metalligoth (672285) | more than 4 years ago | (#29083107)

That's explained in the link. RTFA.

Now all we need to do is... die. (0, Troll)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082829)

I'm sure Monsanto would be more than happy to help us with that.

On the other hand: How to you check if your mail actually gets sent when you are dead?

Easiest scam ever? Bet on it. ;)

Some People! (4, Funny)

erroneus (253617) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082849)

Some people will go to very great lengths in order to get "the last word" in on anything. If you are one of those people, this service is for you!

Re: the last word (1)

neonsignal (890658) | more than 4 years ago | (#29083197)

reminds me of Spike Milligan's grave [glenister.info] .

Am i the only one who was expecting this: (1)

Racemaniac (1099281) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082867)

Re:Am i the only one who was expecting this: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29084819)

And it runs Windows as well, that surely brings a new meaning to the "Blue Screen of Death".

Should this be covered in a town hall meeting? (1)

Robert Larson (1451741) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082901)

I wonder if this would be covered as part of that end of life counseling/planning in the new health care reform legislation. Do we all have an inalienable right to a final email?

I'm safe (1)

roscocoltran (1014187) | more than 4 years ago | (#29082915)

A good antispam should protect you from emails coming from invalid senders

What about the bounces? (1)

grolaw (670747) | more than 4 years ago | (#29083019)

How many people change their email addresses and won't receive your message - or have your death message filtered as spam?

How about the good old practice of giving real letters to your attorney and having the firm mail them after you die. Returned mail would be cause for the firm to track down the party who didn't receive the letter...

Draft (2, Interesting)

eyeverve (1398151) | more than 4 years ago | (#29083089)

Just write your emails to be sent after you die and leave them in your drafts box. Leave your email access information in your will and have someone you trust hit send for all of them. That would accomplish the same thing and wouldn't cost a dime.

Two cents here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29083141)

One, isn't this old news?
Two, isn't this essentially slashdot advertising someone's service?

A Better Solution (1)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 4 years ago | (#29083195)

Would be to do what Abe Vigoda has done ... set up a website [abevigoda.com] with your current status on it. When he finally dies, everyone will know,... and unfortunately the server will probably be slashdotted and die a horrible death within about six hours of Vigoda's actual death,... ;-)

Who's going to be the first sick bastard... (1)

The Ultimate Fartkno (756456) | more than 4 years ago | (#29083287)

...to email "you were ADOPTED and we never loved you!" to his kid?

Security? (2, Insightful)

mysidia (191772) | more than 4 years ago | (#29083339)

Last Messages Club is as secure as a bank.

That's exactly what i'm worried about, that it's just as (in)secure as a bank.

If you post all your passwords and papers on a service like this to give to your loved ones when they're gone...

And then the site gets pwn3d by some 13-year-old script kiddie, who dumps the database and starts selling the data, what then?

I think i'll stick with paper letters, a bank lock box, and a safe with the key in it..

(That my survivors get a safe technician to drill in order to gain access to)

Much more secure.

From: Matthew Sobol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29083355)

May want to avoid these messages...

At least 2 people have to confirm? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29083409)

Damn, i feel sorry for the poor bastards who don't have 2 people.. oh wait, forgot about those who are completely lonely.

Looks like nobody on Slashdot will be sending last e-mail wills to anyone then.

Heinlein did ths decades ago... (1)

OmniGeek (72743) | more than 4 years ago | (#29083419)

in his Lazarus Long series, IIRC. It was called "Delay Mail," and was intended for use by time-travellers; there was an office where one could leave messages to be delivered to a specified person (possibly one's younger self) on a specified date, possibly centuries in the future.

I'm afraid this constitutes prior art (insert clever time-travel remark here)...

Why? (1)

houghi (78078) | more than 4 years ago | (#29083429)

Seriously, why? If someone want to send me something, why wait till you are dead? Why not say it now?

Think about what message you would give to the people and then do NOT wait, do it now. If you want to say that you love or hate somebody or something, do not wait. It could very well be that you are not the first to go and then you will walk around with the idea of 'why did I not say it?'.

If you can't say it now, it isn't worth saying at all.

Re:Why? (2, Insightful)

Joe Tie. (567096) | more than 4 years ago | (#29083799)

Usually, it's not for the dead, it's for the living. It's a last laugh you can give them, a last memory, a last reminder of who you were. Even if the email was filled with things I was already quite certain of, getting one from any of my dead family would be wonderful. When they're gone, they're gone. Having that reprieved for even a minute would be great.

Re:Why? (1)

Fear the Clam (230933) | more than 4 years ago | (#29084625)

Usually, it's not for the dead, it's for the living. It's a last laugh you can give them, a last memory, a last reminder of who you were.

Or, as the funeral industry calls it, Goatse from the Grave.

Fisher - the mission is over! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29083437)

Pandora tomorrow? Good.

Easier way... (1)

trum4n (982031) | more than 4 years ago | (#29083541)

Improperly shielded coffins and abandoned modems.

The Tasha Yar memorial cube... (1)

tjstork (137384) | more than 4 years ago | (#29083545)

Reminds me of the Tasha Yar memorial video they played on ST:TNG after she got killed. After watching that thing, I decided that I was pretty happy that she got whacked.

What I want (1)

Joe Tie. (567096) | more than 4 years ago | (#29083751)

Dead man's switch doesn't have this feature either, and I think it'd be really popular. I want more emails. Timed emails. I want to be able to have an email sent out on the anniversary of my death, separate ones for a ten year mark, on specific days of the year. As someone who's lost a lot of people over time, I just think it'd be awesome to have a person die and still be a part of your life like that. Even if it's just a "It's been a while. I just hope you know that I wish I could be there" type message.

Spam (5, Funny)

boshi (612264) | more than 4 years ago | (#29084315)

What do I need this service for? I use windows, so when I pass away the malware on my computer will continue to send thousands of emails every day.

A Great Marketing Idea... (1)

Xin Jing (1587107) | more than 4 years ago | (#29084555)

Here's a thought: tell them before it's too late. To the living, I see these messages amounting to nothing more than an academic novelty ("I confess") or an elaborate gag ("Here's where I hid the money"). To the physically absent, it's the worst way of talking to someone that you never knew ("Hello to my unborn great grand child") or couldn't tolerate ("This will have to do"). I'm surprised Hallmark Greeting Cards hasn't made a catagory for these people.

"This is my message from beyond" - via my iphone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29084649)

Geez. Take the time to write it on paper and stuff it in an envelope. Give it some meaning to the person that you care about.

.

Reminds me of something (1)

icegreentea (974342) | more than 4 years ago | (#29084683)

I read an article or blog post somewhere about what to do with your email and other accounts when you die. The writer pointed out that when his father died, having access to his email account was great help cause they had all of his old contacts, as well as on going billing and other stuff. As he said, as more and more stuff moves to email and online, a service like this would might be ideal. You could save your password to various accounts and this thing, and have it sent when you kick the bucket. Less hassle than changing paper versions (including in your will) whenever you change passwords or accounts, and potentially safer than writing it down and sticking it in a box you hope no one ever loses.

Don't be a freak (1)

SpaghettiPattern (609814) | more than 4 years ago | (#29084735)

Don't be a freak and don't send "emails from your grave". Maybe our twisted minds may see the humor in this, but trust me on this one, most others won't. Well, unless you are a kick ass script writer -in which case, what the hell are you doing on /.?

An email from the grave falls into the same category as making the stupid joke of saying "no" at your wedding. You didn't mean it but your SO is shattered. Let's face it, most of our funerals will be nothing like Graham Chapman's.

If you have anything to say after you kicked the bucket, leave the message at a friend or at a notary's office.

I'm not dead yet (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 4 years ago | (#29084763)

I'm getting better!

No, you're not. You'll be stone dead in a moment.

Nigerian Executor of Estate (1)

ZPWeeks (990417) | more than 4 years ago | (#29085085)

Once I die, I don't want my offspring to pay the death tax, so I have contracted with a Nigerian attorney to arrange for QUICK INVESTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL FUNDS over the internet. Whomever he works with is authorized to take 30% of the money transferred, while 5% will handle various transfer costs. All the investor will have to do is provide my attorney with their account information by sending a small deposit to his international account.
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