Company Solves Social Media's Deceased User Conundrum Caretaker Cards Provide Instant Access to Deceased User's Online Profile
KENOSHA, Wis., May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MyEbituary LLC has announced the formal launch of myebit.com, a new memorial social media website that uses caretaker cards to allow instant access to a social media user's profile by designated caretakers after the user's passing. "Recent attempts at legislating how deceased user accounts are handled have tried to resolve the problem but MyEbituary believes it has developed an instant solution," says company president Michael Boozer.
Caretaker cards can be created by users who write their own online obituary in advance of their passing. Each card contains a unique code specific to the user's profile, which can be saved, printed or ordered. Once the user has passed away, holders of the card can enter the caretaker code into the user's account to gain access to the person's profile. Online profiles, called Ebits, also allow users to create Ebits for loved ones who have already passed away and manage the Ebit much like a caretaker would in real life. The technology could be applied to popular social media sites that face the dilemma of managing deceased user accounts since entry of the caretaker code provides immediate access to a person's profile.
"The conundrum with social media is that these sites are intended to facilitate interaction between users who are alive," adds Mr. Boozer. "As a result, they're not really designed to serve as a memorial site since deceased users obviously have no way to interact."
Major features of myebit.com allow users to create and decorate a personalized and interactive memorial that is reflective of their lives and allows others to place tributes, such as flowers, directly into a customized scene. According to Mr. Boozer, "Having a caretaker to manage an Ebit helps to ensure that people's legacies are not forgotten and that the Ebit will be maintained respectfully after the person's passing," says Mr. Boozer.
With end of life pre-planning services becoming more popular, the ability to write one's obituary in advance and keep it updated as their life's achievements are realized became one of the driving factors during the development of the site. "Pre-planning is becoming a more acceptable practice, especially when considering that people who write their own obituaries have the opportunity to ensure they are remembered in the manner they would want," according to Mr. Boozer. "It also alleviates some of the burden placed on those we leave behind, as emphasized in the recent guide 'Making Funeral Arrangements in Advance' published by Abbey Press."
Other features allow users and caretakers to share Ebit scenes across major social media platforms. "We wanted to replicate the real world by providing users with the ability to create their own resting place by selecting from a variety of landscapes, headstones, urns and other decorations or by uploading their own," says Mr. Boozer. Each Ebit scene is unique and users can create a single place of reflection for deceased loved ones by adding Friend's headstones to their own scene. The "Last Words" feature also allows users to communicate from beyond the grave and is only unlocked upon verification of a person's passing.
Launched in time for the Memorial Day holiday, the site is directed towards U.S. users but can be accessed worldwide by visiting myebit.com via the web or any mobile device.
MyEbituary LLC was founded in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 2011.
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