While the world is focused on whether Oscar Pistorius did or did not kill girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Jamie Forrest and Michael McWatters – founders of Twitter Hereafter – are concerned about the model’s last words.
“What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow??? #getexcited #ValentinesDay” was, sadly, her last upload on the social media website on the afternoon before her death.
The project, dubbed The Tweet Hereafter, debut after the death of the supermodel and comprised a number of other final Tweets of notable, newsworthy, famous or infamous people.
Caleb Moore, a snowmobile racer who died from a crash in the WinterXGames in Aspen, Colarado, tweeted “Check out my fan page” with a Facebook link; while Spanish mountain biker Inaki Lejarreta wrote “Windy morning. It looks dangerous to do outside raining, so I start with gym and after that, we’ll see” before being hit by a car.
“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,” they wrote on their website.
“Those messages will exist long after we're gone, and what they say about us may or may not have much to do with the lives we led.”
Though there’s no set algorithm or formula to which tweets are selected, the ones featured on the website are usually on the list of Wikipedia’s notable deaths. Private tweets or posts from children are never published, and the founders will remove posts requested by family members.