Mona Simpson‘s eulogy for her brother, Steve Jobs, made headlines around the world when she revealed his final words.

Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.

Those were the final syllables he spoke to his family around his bedside before he drifted off to death hours later. Jobs didnt have a Twitter account, so those are the final words we have from him.

Mitch Joel encourages people to take inventory of their Twitter account every now and again. The Twitter Test asks that you scroll back over what you’re saying to make sure you’re on message, being respectful and to look at your stream from the point of you of an employer. It’s a good way to stay on point. Here’s another perspective – what if that was your last tweet. Your epitaph. Your final words online. Would you like what it says?

Rapper Heavy D collapsed and died in his home after finishing his groceries. Hours earlier he had posted 2 words to his Twitter account.

heavy d last tweet

Race car driver Dan Wheldon was killed in an horrific accident in Las Vegas last month. He too tweeted with passion hours before he died.

dan wheldon last tweet

Jack Layton‘s final tweet was steadfast in his leadership.

jack layton last tweet

DJ AM, quoted lyrics hours before he would be found dead.

dj am last tweet

Then you have the final tweets from regular folks, like Lisa Kay. She was 40, was fighting cancer and training for triathlons. The night before she died she went for dinner with friends.

tri lisa kay last tweet

There’s Derek K Miller, a digital enthusiast from Vancouver who had fought cancer for longer than many expected him to. So weak near the end, his final tweet was posted by his wife.

derek k miller last tweet

These final Twitter streams and Facebook pages are great ways to go back and relive experiences with friends who have gone. The cloud keeping their memory accessible for us wherever.

The cloud aslo keeps emails. I archive everything in Gmail and this past week, when looking for keywords I stumbled into emails from Derek and one from my grandmother. It was striking how appropriate their words were to me and decisions I was making. It is a great gift, to have the words and inspiration from friends, family and the famous live on online.

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