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wow, LJ

livejournal now has given users the ability to delay posts. As in, i can schedule a post i submit now to post in the future.

This makes me want to schedule hundreds of posts in the future after i've died. messages to the people that are still here. That may be too morbid of a thing for me to really do given the severe fear of death i have, but i may try to fight that fear because i would want to do that for some of the people who are meaningful in my life.

of course, my death is such a moving target at the moment, it might not be actually practical to try something like that. but it's an interesting thought.

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xtingu
Mar. 16th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
It would be fun/evil to post stuff stuff like, "I HEARD THAT!" and "OK, OK. Here's your damn sign. Happy now?" Or "You'd think they'd have speedier 'net speeds here in the afterlife. I think Ben Franklin is streaming RedTube again and ganking all the bandwidth."

I think I might steal this comment and turn it into a post of my own. I'm snickering. :)
lifeofmendel
Mar. 16th, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
*laugh*

goofy. :)
derien
Mar. 16th, 2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
But if you line them up for specific times they'll post whether you are dead or not. If they could go through an okay process ("Is this user still alive? Is this still what you want posted, and if so, when, now?") then it might work.

BUT! eor tells me there are services which will hold messages for you until you die. Check http://www.thedigitalbeyond.com/.
lifeofmendel
Mar. 16th, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
oooh nifty. :)
shazamaramack
Mar. 18th, 2012 04:23 am (UTC)
You're making a huge assumption that livejournal will be around longer than you. You are like 20 years older than livejournal and 15 years older than the internet (by that I mean from when people knew about it and used it, not it's true origin). I have no idea what technology and communications will be like in the future, but I don't think it's extremely likely that 1) livejournal will be making delayed posts in 50-100 years and 2) people will be still be accessing livejournal in some form to read them.

Maybe, though. Who knows?
lifeofmendel
Mar. 18th, 2012 04:29 am (UTC)
given the significance of livejournal to russian politics, i'm pretty certain it's not going anywhere very soon. you may be right in that it's not going to last longer than i am under the assumption that i die at a reasonable old age.

i mean, yeah, there are probably better avenues in which to leave messages after i die. still, it was the first thing that popped into my head when this whole thing was announced as what it would be most useful for.
shazamaramack
Mar. 18th, 2012 04:42 am (UTC)
It's not just livejournal, though... it's the internet, too. As you described in your other post, there's a huge trend towards tablets (and mobile of course) that's gradually changing how we access the internet. I really don't think the traditional browser will be around for the rest of my life and anyone that wants to stay relevant will need to put the effort in to make the appropriate transitions. In addition, there are a lot of social outlets right now and facebook is doing an excellent job of making the competition see dwindling patronage.

It's very interesting that this was your first thought when you heard about the fetaure. The first thing that comes to my mind is delaying posts for a few minutes all the time (the same way many e-mail programs allow you to delay sending e-mail) just in case you find a typo after it's posted or change your mind about posting it, etc. I guess it's more important with e-mail, though, because once it's sent it's usually too late to do anything about it. Another thing that comes to mind is scheduling things like birthday posts or anything else that you could attach a specific date to.
lifeofmendel
Mar. 18th, 2012 04:51 am (UTC)
interesting, because the second thought that i had regarding the use of future posts was to write something to myself a year from now, five years from now.

interesting, i say, because your thoughts for its use is more practical, mine is more, i dunno. philosophically reflective? and possibly impractical. maybe says something about our respective psyches. :)
shazamaramack
Mar. 18th, 2012 04:57 am (UTC)
Your ideas are definitely cooler than mine. It'd be cool to write something to myself for a year or a few years from now. Especially since I (like most people probably) always think that any previous version of myself is an idiot. I wonder if that lasts forever or if it will gradually go away.
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