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March 11, 2013 8:23 PM   Subscribe

The Tweet Hereafter compiles the final posts of well-known people (for some value of well-known). Mundane or monumental, it displays the fleeting tweets of the deceased.

#mementomori #rip (Via The Order of Good Death, previously.)
posted by smirkette (25 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
Well that is unsurprisingly depressing.
posted by Literaryhero at 8:35 PM on March 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


The only person I recognize is Hugo Chavez. A lot of suicides.
posted by Redfield at 8:35 PM on March 11, 2013


How many of you copied and pasted Chavez' tweet to Google Translate?
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 8:42 PM on March 11, 2013


(All of these are sad, including, to me, surprisingly, Chavez's.)
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 8:43 PM on March 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


This, in part, is why I do not tweet. Also, all the thoughts I have that are worth disseminating are longer than 140 characters. Screw Flanders.
posted by The White Hat at 8:46 PM on March 11, 2013


Paul Bearer

Not at his own funeral, I suppose.
posted by Sticherbeast at 8:46 PM on March 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


Kind of surprised at how nicely this is done, with the bio and all. I was expecting something ghastly.
posted by troika at 8:52 PM on March 11, 2013


"The end" and especially "I'm sorry" minutes before ending it is just...

On the other hand, Whitney Houston tweeted her last tweet two years before she died. The tweet doesn't really have anything to do with anything.
posted by subdee at 8:56 PM on March 11, 2013


the fleeting tweets of the deceased
their laundry done, their trousers creased
their lunches bought, apartments leased
the fleeting tweets of the deceased

while still alive, the things they said
are here forever, though they're dead
what time they ate, or went to bed
and now they're gone, their tweets still read

those little tweets, all quite mundane
'bout something stuck down in the drain
or having missed their evening train
or getting caught in sudden rain

and we still here, out on the street
we ain't got that grim reaper beat
we, too, will go down to defeat
reflect on that, next time you tweet
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:58 PM on March 11, 2013 [15 favorites]


The Gregory Rodriguez one is equal parts comical and horrible, terrible, ghastly.
posted by KokuRyu at 9:02 PM on March 11, 2013


Holy fuck, Jessica Redfield's last tweet is completely fucking chilling:

MOVIE DOESN'T START FOR 20 MINUTES

Forty minutes into that movie, she was shot dead.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 9:08 PM on March 11, 2013


KokuRyu: "The Gregory Rodriguez one is equal parts comical and horrible, terrible, ghastly."

Comical in that that guy's ghastly sneer won't be photographed over "trophy game" any more? *shudder*
posted by notsnot at 9:20 PM on March 11, 2013


Jesus.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:53 PM on March 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


What a perfectly depressing end to an unusually depressing day.

Especially:
Freddy E
@Freddy_E
I'm sorry. ∞
Tweeted:Jan. 5, 2013, 2:34 p.m. PST
Died:Jan. 5, 2013, 2:35 p.m. PST
Suicide
posted by DoubleLune at 9:57 PM on March 11, 2013


My dad's, from 2007 when Twitter wasn't so much of a Thing:

"an egg sandwich goes fine with most things. Jalapenos, pickles, catsup any cheese, and, of course, spicy mustard."

I guess up until now I'm probably the only one who ever saw it.
posted by valrus at 10:05 PM on March 11, 2013 [7 favorites]


this guy wins
posted by delmoi at 10:24 PM on March 11, 2013


@reevasteenkamp What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow??? #getexcited #ValentinesDay ∞

Shot by her boyfriend the following day.
posted by tylerkaraszewski at 11:16 PM on March 11, 2013


Yeah, Freddy E's tweet really got to me.

Also Reeva Steenkamp's:
What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow??? #getexcited #ValentinesDay

Her boyfriend shot her on Valentine's Day.

What a sad site, but it's done in a more tasteful way than I expected.

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posted by k8lin at 11:18 PM on March 11, 2013


Each of us will utter a final word.
Some of them will be on Twitter.


The tagline seems a little bit glib.
posted by Going To Maine at 6:19 AM on March 12, 2013


This really, really brings home the very sad number of suicides by young people. What a shock. What a state so many of us get into.

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posted by colie at 6:32 AM on March 12, 2013


This is something peculiar to our age, isn't it? I think Larissa MacFarquhar said in her profile of Aaron Swartz that we still assume that people who post things to the Internet are alive, leaving us with this uncanny feeling when we read tweets, posts, etc. by the deceased. And we haven't really done much to take into account what our presence will be online after we die. I know there are a few services that will shut down your social media profiles once you're confirmed to be dead, but what we really need is this:

an invention that monitors my heartbeat, and when it beats its last, automatically sends the following tweets:
Lucky to have people in my life who show me more kindness than I deserve; I’m so lucky to live in this time and place in history. #thankful

Everyone: Watch Friday Night Lights and read the Harry Potter series. They make us better human beings
Or something to this effect.
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One day, the dead will outnumber the living on social websites, and there will be more twitter accounts held by the dead than the living.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:34 PM on March 12, 2013


WHAT CAN THE HARVEST HOPE FOR, IF NOT FOR THE CARE OF THE REAPER MAN?
— DEATH (@THE_ORIGINAL_DEATH) ∞
posted by filthy light thief at 12:42 PM on March 12, 2013


One day, the dead will outnumber the living on social websites,


... and under that headline it says '7,360 people have Liked this'. How many of them are now dead?
posted by colie at 12:10 PM on March 13, 2013


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