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How to Stage Your Own Death in Six Easy Steps With the If I Die Facebook App

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Step two: Authorize If I Die
For an app tasked with the responsibility of delivering your last words to your loved ones, If I Die isn't all that invasive -- at least as Facebook goes.

All it wants to do is know who you are, send you email, and post to Facebook on your behalf -- which, after all, is the point of this whole thing. By contrast, the Pink Ribbon app, whose stated purpose is merely to raise breast cancer awareness, wants access to your profile info, family and relationships, your photos and videos, the information your friends share with you, and the ability to access your data even when you're not online. Makes If I Die look downright saintly, no?

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Ciara LaVelle is New Times' former arts and culture editor. She earned her BS in journalism at Boston University and moved to Florida in 2004. She joined New Times' staff in 2011.
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