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The Latest Social Network For Dead People Is Neshama In Israel

By Sanna Chu on November 21, 2013 1:33 PM EST 0

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Neshama is a social network for dead people using photos of their gravestones. (Photo: Reuters)

Do you find it sad when you see old gravestones that are crumbling and falling apart? Do you wish that perhaps someone had preserved the headstones digitally? Well, that's the premise behind Neshama, a social network for dead people that features photos of graves.

Neshama, was founded by Shelly Furman Asa, an Israeli entrepreneur who say he spent several hundred thousand shekels, or at least $48,000, creating the social network for the dead, per BuzzFeed. Asa and his team spent a year building the site and recruiting people to take photos of gravestones, The Jewish Daily Forward reported. There are now more than 120,000 headstones on the site, and there are plans to possibly charge users a fee to upload photos of their loved ones' graves.

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Social networks for dead people are nothing new. In 2008, Monster.com founder Jeff Taylor started Tributes.com with $4.3 million in funding. It is similar to the pre-existing Legacy.com, which both use Social Security death records and obituaries from newspaper to automatically create profiles for the dead.

Now that our lives are so connected with social media, there is the question of what will happen to our Twitter, Facebook, email and other social media accounts when we're gone. In 2009, Facebook introduced memorialization, to turn a deceased person's Facebook account into a memorial page.

Then there's this maybe tongue-in-cheek or maybe dead serious concept design for a solar powered headstone, E-Tomb, that stores the deceased's online presence, which visitors to the grave can interact with.

And finally, for those who want to keep active on social media after they're dead, there's Deadsoci.al, which allows users to create secret messages that are released at predetermined times after they've passed away. Say you want to send your daughter a message on her birthday every year, or reveal a shocking secret after you've passed, Dealsoci.al allow you to do just that.

But Neshama is more tasteful. An example of a memorial page shows that loved ones can leave messages on a deceased person's page and light a virtual candle. For some, it might not be feasible to visit the graves of loved ones often because they're too far away and Neshama could be a way to pay respect.

What do you think of Neshama, the social network for the dead? Let us know in the comments.

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