Kenosha-based MyEbituary LLC announced the formal launch of www.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,” said 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 obituaries, 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,” Boozer said. “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.
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.
Other features allow users and caretakers to share Ebit scenes across major social media platforms.
The “Last Words” feature also allows users to communicate from beyond the grave and is only unlocked upon verification of a person’s passing.