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Social Media Preparation After Death

English: YOKOSUKA, Japan (Nov. 24, 2009) Chief...
English: YOKOSUKA, Japan (Nov. 24, 2009) Chief Mass Communication Specialist Palmer Pinckney makes updates to the official U.S. 7th Fleet Facebook social media site. U.S. 7th Fleet began using social media in the Spring of 2009 to promote interaction with the people who have an interest in the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gregory Mitchell/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m sure, like me you also have some friends who recently died or passed away in the past. We are so used to getting their Facebook updates everyday that you can’t help but wondering what will happen to their social media accounts when they’re gone – or what will happen to ours when our time has come? Here’s what Google has in store for that dilemma:

Google Death: A Tool to Take Care of Your Gmail When You’re Gone

By: Rebecca J. Rosen

But for future generations, those quotidian texts won’t exist in a physical form but in digital files — emails, electronic calendars, even maybe some grocery or party-lists filed away in Google Drive. The question isn’t so much whether we are creating these records but whether anyone in the future will have access to them, locked away behind our passwords (and perhaps our 2-step notification process too). http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/04/google-death-a-tool-to-take-care-of-your-gmail-when-youre-gone/274934/



Let’s face it – we will all die and it is a good thing that our loved ones whom we trust can dig some parts of our precious lives through these digital files. I am sure this would console the surviving friends and relatives in a very personal way despite the technological assistance in making this possible. I bet, this is just as therapeutic as going through all the belongings left behind. So, you know what to do!

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