Saturday, June 07, 2008

A rapturous WTF?

Friend of the blog, Ben, emailed me this WTF?
...think we’ve got the winner for this years WTF award – either that or damnedest clever con ever. Who’d have thunk – using their own credulousness against them?
He is referring to You've Been Left Behind. A Document storage and "Rapture" triggered email messaging system.

Here's the service they provide:
We have set up a system to send documents by the email, to the addresses you provide, 6 days after the "Rapture" of the Church. This occurs when 3 of our 5 team members scattered around the U.S fail to log in over a 3 day period. Another 3 days are given to fail safe any false triggering of the system.

We give you 150mb of encrypted storage that can be sent to 12 possible email addresses, in Box #1. You up load any documents and choose which documents go to who. You can edit these documents at any time and change the addresses they will be sent to as needed. Box #1 is for your personal private letters to your closest lost friends and relatives.

We give you another 100mb. of unencrypted storage that can be sent to up to 50 email addresses, in Box #2. You can edit the documents and the addresses any time. Box #2 is for more generic documents to lost family & friends.

The cost is $40 for the first year. Re-subscription will be reduced as the number of subscribers increases. Tell your friends about You've Been left behind.
I don't like their system, given they won't be around to ensure it has actually worked.

I helpfully sent them this email in order to point this out:

I've found a potential flaw in your rapture system. Given you won't be around either, how can you be sure your automatic email system has actually worked? Computers crash after all. And who knows what kind of mayhem will ensue post rapture?

I propose you get someone on your team who will definitely be left behind, to ensure the emails are sent. I would be more than happy to be that person.

Let me know if you are interested and we can discuss my salary and rapture bonus etc, (and how can I access all the confidential information you have gathered?).


I'll let you know if I get a reply to my proposal...

Of course, these guys are not the only ones looking forward to the rapture. Try the "Rapture Fund". (Sounds an awful lot like George Constanza's Human Fund...):
The Rapture Will indicates that, in the event of the Rapture, a significant portion of the testator's estate is to be given to Rapture Fund--a fund dedicated to promoting the Gospel both now (using charitable contributions made by donors during their lifetimes) and during the Tribulation (using assets donated by those who have signed the Rapture Will).

You've got nothing to lose. If the Rapture occurs during your lifetime, your estate will create a legacy of evangelism during the Tribulation, adding souls to the Kingdom of Heaven while you're celebrating with Jesus Christ. If the Rapture doesn't occur during your lifetime, then the provisions of the Rapture Will never go into effect.
I'm betting on that last one...

Update - here's the reply:
Sorry Theo That won't be needed. :-(

Oh well.