When we pass away, our digital footprint becomes our digital legacy. If you want to control how you’re remembered online, here are 4 tips for taking ownership of your social media presence.
1. Assign A Digital Executor Your Passwords
Digital executors can shut down your social media accounts or keep them alive.
2. Memorialize Your Facebook Account
Facebook prefers to convert profiles into memorials. They remove status updates but walls remain active for friends to post condolences. Facebook allows family to download account contents if prior authorization or a court order is present.
3. Deactivate Your Accounts
Twitter works with representatives of an estate to deactivate an account. They will not let anyone take over an account unless you get an exception.
LinkedIn closes an account if a close family member makes the request.
Instagram honors requests from family to deactivate an account. An heir may keep the account alive if the deceased provides them with their username and password.
4. Live On Through Social Media End-of-Life Tools
Dead Social | http://www.deadsoci.al
Creates a series of goodbye videos, texts or photo messages on Facebook and Twitter that are published at your digital executor’s request.
If I Die | http://ifidie.net
Facebook app creates a single video or text message that is published after you pass. A single message is free; it costs $25 for five videos
Cirrus Legacy | http://www.cirruslegacy.com
Secure your usernames, passwords and instructions with an online service that releases them to your digital executor upon death.