By: Timothy Stallings
I know the rest of you are on social media. How? Because according to a study from comScore, the Facebook user group with the biggest jump in recent years is those 55 and older. And if you’re one of the hip grandmas or grandpas using social media, you’re likely starting to consider your online persona to be very important.
As you get older, the logical question then becomes:
What happens to my digital persona when I pass away?
In some states, family members can access these accounts. In other states, legislation has been proposed, but not yet enacted. Outside of legal maneuvering, Facebook gives you two options. You can lock a deceased family member’s account, turning it into a memorial. The second option is to remove the account.
But what if you want your online persona to carry on even after your death. How can you make sure someone “repins” your daughter’s family recipe on Pinterest? What about retweeting your granddaughter’s witty post about Justin Bieber? Who will “Like” the photo from your son’s family trip?
Believe it or not, it could be you. Or at least your online persona.
One company, Dead Social has gone so far as to offer a service which allows you to publish messages to your social networks even after you have passed away. So if you’re worried about your online profile and how you’ll be viewed digitally in the future, call the guys over at Dead Social.
Another company, If I Die, will post public Facebook messages when you die. It can also send out Facebook messages or email messages of a more personal nature. You could use this service to send those final good byes or apologize for something you regret. Think of the possibilities!
In all seriousness, there are lots of ways that technology now affects our legacies. If you use social media, we encourage you to take measures so that those accounts are handled at your passing. For help with the handling of your social media accounts as well as your other assets, give us a call over at AlerStallings at 1-877-912-3464.