Your Online Soul

You’re young. Your life is full of long nights with friends, day trips to the beach and schlubby afternoons with your crew.  And in today’s world, it might as well had never happened if you don’t post the evidence somewhere. 

Facebook has replaced the photo albums in the basement (although nothing is greater than finding an old photo of your mom between a couple of male strippers…topped with 80’s hair and a smile you could argue is bigger than ones in your baby photos).  Blogs have replaced your childhood diary.  Not only is your social life constantly uploaded onto the internet, but with online banking and apps, your financial life is all stored in the great big World Wide Web.  But what happens when you kick the bucket?

I had a friend pass away a few years ago, and the other day I noticed someone posted a message to their wall. 

Facebook just reminded me of a message you sent me on this day about us hanging out for a post birthday celebration.  I hope you had a great birthday.”

This is weird, right? I mean, I’m sure Facebook isn’t really viewed once you’ve crossed over to the other side.  Yes, this could be a person’s way of staying connected, but is that really what we’ve come to? Staying in touch with our dead friends through Facebook? Would you want your friends to ‘stay in touch’ through social media once you’ve passed? Well, whatever you wish to do, there’s someone to help you out. 

Much like a will disperses your assets amongst those close to you, you could assign someone to be your ‘Digital Executor’.  This should be someone you’d trust with access to your online accounts once you’ve passed and, of course, someone who is tech savvy enough to do what needs to be done.  This could include deleting all your online social media accounts, deleting files from a computer or archiving anything that may be needed by family or a significant other at some point. 

Personally, I’d want my online life to be deleted. But for those of you who wish to keep your social media active and open, you’d need someone to maintain these accounts.  BothFacebookandInstagramwill memorialize your account.  Facebook will allow you to choose a friend that will manage your account after you pass away.  They’ll have a limited list of things they are able to do, however, this can only begin once Facebook knows you’re dead.  So make sure you really trust this person before they just go in and start posting your favourite after dark videos. 

Twitter offers a more cut and dry process in which a family member or person in charge of your estate can only have your account deactivated rather than memorializing it. The same goes for LinkedIn after some verification is provided by a member of your family. 

For those of you wanting to send a message post-mortem,The Digital Beyondis a company that lists providers of after death online activity. This could include anything from allowing family members to share photos of you on a memorialized age or set up a message to all your online connections.

Not to put a damper on your weekend, but keeping your online presence monitored after death is something we should all be thinking about. We are in an era where the internet holds a lot of ourselves, from photos to conversations to personal documents. Imagine it being that box of stuff you keep at the back of your closet. Do you want that lost in the online world forever?

Do U Know what you would want to do with your online accounts after you die? Let us know in the comments below

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