A controversial new app set to be released in March aims to keep the Twitter statuses of the dead and buried alive, by continuously updating them long after the worms eat into their brains.

LivesOn, which promises “When your heart stops beating, you’ll keep tweeting,” is said to use artificial intelligence algorithms to analyze the Twitter feeds of the deceased and then continue to post accordingly in a style typical of their online behavior and writing style. It’s all done on computers, so you don’t have to worry about anyone suturing your cell phone to your cold, dead hands. If that's any...comfort?

According to Dave Bedwood, one of the creators of LivesOn, the response to the app has teetered on the heavy side of negative, simply because most people are confused about how they should feel about the ethics surrounding social networking from beyond the grave. We’re still not comfortable with the idea of dying, so actually, being able to keep up with the latest tweets after we're six feet under is almost comforting.

“It divides people on a gut level, before you even get to the philosophical and ethical arguments,” he said. “It offends some, and delights others. Imagine if people started to see it as a legitimate but small way to live on. Cryogenics costs a fortune; this is free and I'd bet it will work better than a frozen head.”

While LivesOn is not the first social networking tool for the deceased, it is the first of its kind to allow automatic ghostwriting in the written voice of the dead user. Perhaps now would be a good time to start making tweets about being buried alive, just to mess with everyone on your feed.

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