We are living in an age where life is entirely digital. This means that people share their life more and more on social media platforms. Today, social media has become a vital part of our lives; people feel incomplete if they don't spend time scrolling, uploading, or tweeting posts.Social media is all fun and games until you depart from this world. Have you ever realized that what will happen to all those posts, pictures, and tweets of yours once you pass away? Do you want to get tagged in R.I.P. posts after leaving the world? Do you want people to grief in your pictures through comments? Back in 2013, people started worrying about these concerns, and for that, Google launched 'Inactive Account Manager,' which allowed users to see what will happen to their data and everything associated with their account when it is deactivated.
Every day our life is being more infiltrated by the internet due to cloud-based applications. By now, different social media apps synced with our devices have access to our data, including personal data. People are stressing over if their digital info is safe and secure or not. Also, where will it go when they die?
How can you manage your digital afterlife?
A few social media platforms provide different ways to handle your data after death. Some of them are mentioned below:
Facebook is one of the most widely used applications that have people from all around the world under a single website. Facebook is an excellent source of entertainment that also cares about its user's digital Afterlife and hence offered some options such as;
- Legacy contact – Users can choose their trusted friends to access the account after they die or ask them to delete it permanently.
- Memorial design – If you want your profile to stay forever on Facebook and let people share your posts in your memory, ask your legacy contact to switch your profile into Memorial Design after your departure.
Google has provided one of the finest ways to manage your digital Afterlife through the 'Inactive Account Manager' feature. This helps you to check what will happen to all your data if you don't make a presence on the account for a particular time period. Your information is completely and permanently removed from everywhere on Google if you have stopped using your account. You can also assign a contact who can do what you want to be done with your account.
With Twitter being another favorite social media app of billions of people around the world, it regrettably hasn’t yet launched a tool for the accounts of people that have left this world. However, to turn down the account of a departed one, you can request the deactivation.
Sadly, not many companies have yet released features to manage your digital Afterlife. If you are worried about your accounts of platforms other than those mentioned above, figure out ways to keep your data secured. However, you can also leave your information for your close ones who can access your accounts and manage them as per your instructions.
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