Itâ€™s old news that the Internet has become an essential part of daily life. But now Yahoo Japan is offering to help people prepare for their eventual death online.
A new service called â€œYahoo! Endingâ€ promises to delete personal data from online accounts, send out a digital farewell message to friends and even host a memorial web page where people can leave condolences â€“ once the service has confirmed that a subscriber has died.
Thatâ€™s according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, which said the service will also help people plan their funerals and even compose their wills. (We checked out the Yahoo Japan site, but the English-language version provided by Google Translate left us confused about some details.)
This isnâ€™t actually a new idea: Weâ€™ve reported previously on smaller companies that offer this kind of service. But itâ€™s the first time weâ€™ve heard of a comprehensive death package offered by a large Internet company. Yahoo Japan is a joint venture between Sunnyvale-based Yahoo and the Japanese giant SoftBank.
A US version would be poised to make a fortune.