What Happens To Your Digital Life When You Die? [Video]

By Megan O'Neill 

On average we will share 415 pieces of content on Facebook each year; we’ll spend an average of about 23 minutes a day on Twitter, tweeting a total of around 15,795 tweets; we’ll check in 563 times on Foursquare, upload 196 hours of video on YouTube, and send countless emails.  But have you ever stopped to think about what happens to all that content when you die?  An interesting (and morbid) new video infographic from lifeinsurancefinder.com illustrates “What Happens Online When You Die.”

As we pour personal content into the interwebs we surely aren’t asking ourselves questions about what will happen to this content after we die.  Do you want to live forever online?  Do you want your emails, Tweets and other content made accessible to your next of kin?  How do you want to maintain your digital legacy?  These questions, while pretty dark, are important to think about (I guess….*shudder*).

Lifeinsurancefinder.com walks us through the importance and steps of creating a “digital will” to ensure that we have control over what happens to our digital lives when we die.  They encourage us to find out about the death policies of our most-used social networks and websites like Twitter, Google and Facebook, to choose a digital executor to carry out our digital wills and more.

For me, this is a little bit too morbid to even think about right now, but who knows how I’ll feel later on in life when I’ve got decades of digital content representing me on the web.  What are your thoughts on life after death online?  Would you consider creating a digital will?  Check out the video below and then feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.