As Adam Ostrow said: “It’s a matter of fact that the only thing that everybody in the world has in common is the death.” Death can be unexpected, leaving you with no time to organize everything.
You prepare your will, your grave, the expenses, but… what will happen with your social media? I mean, will someone use your profile and tweet or comment like it was you? Will Facebook delete your account? How will your social media sites know that you are dead? Do people still “favorite” your tweets? I know, you can say:” wow! I never thought about that. Do you really think that people stop and think of this?” Yes, they did. And in fact, there are a lot of programs and apps that help you with your social media when you pass away. Sounds creepy, I know.
You can have different kinds of services. If you just want to delete your accounts after your death and give the passwords to someone that you trust, now you can do it:
a) UNLOCK YOUR OLD LIFE
Entrustet is a free service that enables an account holder to pass on digital assets to up to 10 designated heirs and one executor, who is in charge of executing a person’s digital wishes after they pass away. Digital assets include social networks, financial accounts, blogs, e-mails and other Internet properties or files.
2. Legacy Locker
It was one of the first services to be offered in this arena and is a trusted service for transferring access to digital assets, including e-mail, social media and blogging accounts, to trusted sources.
3. My Web will
Webwill ensures that a trusted person can change or transfer someone’s online accounts, including Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, Tumblr, YouTube, and more, after a death. Choose the desired settings for each account and choose two “trusted verifiers” to confirm the death, and upon notification of that person’s passing, My Webwill performs the deceased person’s wishes.
b) EXCUSE ME, ARE YOU DEAD?
Is a service that periodically prompts the account holder to provide a pre-determined password to ensure they’re still alive. If that person doesn’t enter a password on multiple occasions for a period of time, it deduces that the person is either dead or critically injured and begins sending out personalized pre-written messages to chosen contacts.
The service can be used in many ways, but according to the site, some of the more common uses include sending passwords, financial information, final wishes, last words, love notes, and funeral instructions.
c) MY MEMORIES AND MY VIP INFORMATION
It is an online archive for photos, captions, and stories. 1000Memories allows unlimited downloads of user content and promises to never delete any user content (unless requested), so that your photos, stories, and memories are accessible to your current friends and family as well as future generations. The online archive is committed to making its database as permanent as possible, with no account expiration, storage of multiple copies of your data, and a partnership with Internet Archive, the official digital archive of the Library of Congress.
No matter what you choose to do with your digital legacy, the overarching lesson of these services is that it’s something we need to start thinking about. Not just because if I die, I would like you to remember. But death might be around any corner, and because of the volume of content posted to social media sites every day, we are creating an enormous digital estate that.
It is a service that focuses on mass storage of important information that may be crucial for others to know after a death, including information on financials, estate planning, insurance policies account passwords, e-mails and final wishes and directives. It has the capacity to store letters to be sent after a death, as well.
The great thing about AssetLock is that it is very customizable. For example, you can choose the number of “recipients” necessary to unlock an account. So, if you want at least five people to verify a death with the service before they unlock information, you can do that. Furthermore, you can also specify the time delay between an account being unlocked and the information being disseminated.
d) DEAD SOCIAL MEDIA STAR
Who else said that you can’t be a postmortem start? Now, you can do it! Just imagine If Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Da Vinci or the mayans could have access to these websites! At least the mayans would warn us about the 2012 joke…
1. Dead Social
Anyways, DeadSocial has a different solution to the problem of what happens to your social media accounts when you die: you can keep using them. Norris launched DeadSocial, a site that allows you to posthumously update your social media accounts, as an open alpha at the recent SXSW festival in Austin, TX. Creating an account with DeadSocial allows users to create a calendar of timed messages and posts that will be released across their social networking sphere after they’ve died. Multiple messages can be saved and then sent over time, creating a continuous posthumous presence on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or any combination of the three. If, in the future, these social mediums aren’t relevant, the content will remain available on the user’s DeadSocial account.
2. If I die
Unsurprisingly, the biggest challenge If I Die faced when marketing their app was people’s reluctance to face the possibility of death around any corner. In response, they created their bizarre and incredibly creepy initial marketing campaign, which used location-based services such as foursquare to track down thousands of individuals and deliver the personal message that death could catch them anywhere, completely unawares. The stunt garnered the site hours of free media coverage, including a mention in Adam Ostrow’s TEDTalk about social media presence after death, and a purported 800 percent increase in the app’s usage.
Unlike If I Die, DeadSocial breaks new ground with the ability to have messages and posts delivered across a span of time, potentially even years after a user’s death. However, it raises the question, is a site like DeadSocial really for the consolation of friends and family? Or a way to let those who were important to us know that they’ll always be special and close to our hearts no matter what happens? Or is it for the user’s own peace of mind, a way to guarantee that even if we’re gone, we’re not forgotten, no matter what the wishes of those still around? Perhaps a site like this would do well to encourage some collaboration between users and their friends and families to make sure that it really does serve the needs and wishes of those left behind, rather than simply extend a user’s digital life after death for their own gratification.
COMING BACK AMONG THE DEAD
After your final status update TED TALK
Like Ostrow’s said at the end of his TED talk. In the future, we will be able to have our personal beloved ones’ holograms so that they can share time with us. Time to time! Let’s listen to Adam’s talk.