Write your social media will

Thu 10 May 2012 17:00, Tamara Yadvichuk

Write your social media will

Have you ever wondered what will happen to your social media profiles after you die?  Will they stay live? Will they be blocked or deleted? Who owns the info stored on them? Well, US government recommends you to take care of such matters while you are alive and write a social media will – a document which specifies what should be done with your online identities after you depart this life.

To be honest, my first thought on the subject was ‘Why should I care? I’m going to be dead anyway…’ But if you think about it, leaving social media profiles of deceased people online could lead to troubles. Imagine for a second that after you die somebody would use your Twitter account to ‘tweet from another world’. Besides, you may not want all the info you have made public on your profiles to stay out there forever. And it isn’t only social media we’re talking about: just think about your email and all the information it contains!

Facebook, for example, has already thought of a solution: after a user dies, his or her account can be memorialized and will remain visible only to the person’s friends who can then use it to post messages in remembrance. Twitter has a similar policy and kindly removes deceased users from the ‘Who to follow’ section. And in case you want to prepare farewell messages for your Facebook friends, an app called If I Die can send them for you after your death has been confirmed by your friends.

Should such an unfortunate event happen to me today, I’ll leave behind my Facebook, Twitter, Vkontakte, LinkedIn, Skype, Google, Yandex, StumbleUpon, Dropbox and LiveJournal accounts, not to mention countless emails, registrations on forums and websites, some of which have info which I’d like to keep to myself. So, to me writing a social media will doesn’t seem that ridiculous after all. What do you think?


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