What would you like your last words to be?
When Sir Isaac Newton died, he was humble. He said:
“I don’t know what I may seem to the world. But as to myself, I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself now and then in finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than the ordinary, while the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”
According to Steve Jobs' sister Mona, the Apple founder's last words were:
"Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.
To Boldly Post The The Final Tweet
Leonard Nimoy, actor. These may not be his last words, but Nimoy's last tweet was
The final words of the famous, infamous and just plain ordinary who tweet are being immortalised forever after their deaths through a project called, The Tweet Hereafter.
The Tweet Hereafter is an experimental project by Jamie Forrest and Michael McWatters. As they say on their site:
The Tweet Hereafter is a collection of last tweets by notable, newsworthy, famous, or infamous people. It was inspired by the revelation that, in the age of social media, those of us who post will ultimately leave behind a final message, intentional or not. And, unlike in times past, we won't enjoy the luxury of having our last words rewritten to make them memorable or to deepen their meaning.
Here are some of the final tweets listed on The Tweet Hereafter:
Social Media Is Changing How We Grieve
In previous posts, I have looked how grief is expressed on Facebook. Recently, I looked at how people use Twitter to post messages expressing loss. What's interesting to see is how people respond to the Twitter feeds of these individuals who have sadly passed away.
What do you think about this platform? Is this just morbid voyeurism?
Pause Before Post!
While it makes curious reading, what it reminds me is that we build our digital legacy each day. We construct what people will read online after our deaths post by post, tweet by tweet. Some of the last words of the famous do not reflect a life that was well lived. We could say the same about the last social media post. What The Tweet Hereafter does is makes me think twice before I hit post, what about you?