Thinking Of (Digital) Life After Death
Death is a sketchy subject to talk about. Most people end up ignoring it even though it's one of the most certain things about life next to getting your heart broken, and hating yourself after eating that pint of Ben & Jerry's. Have you tried any of the "Core" flavors yet? The self-hatred is worth every single calorie.
Before technology infiltrated every facet of our lives, there were no social media or Dropbox accounts to mention in the will. Now, instead of thinking about what will be done with our physical, material things, we also have to think about the digital things; the Facebook, the Google, the Myspace. Yes, Myspace will still exist even in the aftermath of an apocalyptic event.
Fortunately, smart people have thought about these things. Facebook makes it simple to turn a loved one's account into a memorial. The blatantly titled DeadSocial enables your executor to have a pre-created message tweeted and Facebooked after you've uploaded to the cloud. You can even have messages scheduled to go out long after your death, which is particularly awesome if you want to fuck with people.
Perhaps giving the most thought is Google with its Inactivity Account Manager. You simply add a timeout (inactivity) period all the way up to 18 months, and trusted contacts (up to 10 people) who will be notified once that time is up. You can even customize what data from which services they get access to, and write a personal message that will be sent along with the inactivity email.
And hopefully before you kick the bucket, you accept the almighty and powerful LastPass (or similar password service) into your heart. Simply make sure to mention the login details, and boom...all the deets to your accounts in one simple place. Just make sure to remember the logins to your favorite porn sites by heart. No loved one needs to remember you by that shit.
Photo credit: Nicolas Raymond
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