If you’re active on social media, you should really consider what will happen to your social media accounts when you kick the bucket.
Twitter does have a policy for deactivating deceased users’ accounts, but what if you don’t want it deactivated? Ethics and creepiness factor aside, you may want it to stay put for whatever reason – at least for a period of time. As we spoke to before, for example, what’s the proper etiquette for informing followers of your passing?
Though you may view this as burdening your loved ones with one more ‘to do,’ you may actually be saving them from the huge hassle of dealing with collection calls and such after your unthinking booty’s identity is stolen.
Not to mention the perpetual embarrassment of seeing your name come up in certain search results. Ahem.
Point is, there’s a lot more to consider.
Your Twitter is probably where you share posts from blogs that you may or may not own, and it’s likely linked to a bunch of other accounts as well. When you die, someone could potentially gain access to one of these accounts and be able to glean enough info to steal your identity. That’s bad enough when you’re alive, but SUPER annoying for your next of kin to try to sort out when you’re dead.
The USA.gov site offers tips for writing wills in general and provides guidelines for writing a social media will as well. They suggest appointing an online executor who will be tasked with closing your email addresses, social media profiles and blogs after you are deceased. We suggest listing any PayPal or other accounts where you may have residual income from online properties as well.
And here are some steps they suggest when writing your social media will:
- Review the privacy policies and the terms and conditions of each website where you have a presence.
- State how you would like your profiles to be handled. You may want to completely cancel your profile or keep it up for friends and family to visit. Some sites allow users to create a memorial profile where other users can still see your profile but can’t post anything new.
- Give the social media executor a document that lists all the websites where you have a profile, along with your usernames and passwords.
- Stipulate in your will that the online executor should have a copy of your death certificate. The online executor may need this as proof in order for websites to take any actions on your behalf.
So what do you think? Will you be creating a social media will?
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