While it’s never easy for any of us to ponder our own demise, we live in an age wherein many of us have an “online counterpart” of our real lives – our social media profiles.
Have you ever wondered about what happens to your Facebook profile when you die? Does it remain online forever, or does Facebook simply delete your account? Wait, how would they know for sure about someone’s death?
Like I said, it’s a thought that might make a lot of us uncomfortable, but it’s something we nevertheless have to come to grips with just in case something unfortunate happens to us.
Facebook has apparently already considered such a scenario, and has a system that can turn your page into a “memorial page” in case of death. They also recently introduced a new “legacy contact” feature.
What is a legacy contact?
According to Facebook, a legacy contact is “someone you choose to look after your account if it’s memorialized”. Along with this feature is the option to have your account deleted right after your death.
Ok, so who’s the best person to choose?
Well, that’s entirely up to you. But bear in mind that this is a huge responsibility for a person, so it’s probably best to choose someone who you believe is entirely up to the task, like your significant other, or a close friend or relative.
After your death, whomever you choose will gain limited access to your account, meaning your messages can’t be accessed. He or she, however, will be able to pin posts to your page, respond to friend requests, and change your profile and cover photo. Your legacy contact will also be able to download all of your posts and photos, if you give him or her permission.
How do I designate a legacy contact?
You can set up a legacy contact by clicking the dropdown arrow found on the upper right corner of your Facebook page. Select “Settings”, then “Security,” and then scroll down to “Legacy Contact.”