We caution our children about the digital paper trails we leave. We need to be aware of what gets posted online, who can see it, and how things can be easily taken out of context. Another problem that is starting to manifest itself is our online legacy. What happens to our social media accounts when we pass away? Can our family access them or are they simply online forever stuck in limbo?
Google introduced their Inactive Account Manager option on 11-Apr-2013 to set a configurable timeout period after which your account is simply deleted or passes along to someone else.
Facebook introduced on 12-Feb-2015 a Legacy Contact option allowing users to choose who can manage their accounts once they’ve passed away. Previously the profiles were turned into memorial pages.
There are a number of resources becoming available for people to create a social media will and appoint a digital executor to carry out your final online wishes. One such site is DeadSocial.org
Another way to have access to all of the online accounts would be to ensure someone else has access to your email password. Email accounts are typically used to access all online resources including your various social media accounts. One password to rule them all, lol. You could have this password placed in a sealed envelope in a safety deposit box, safe, or some other location accessible by someone else.
If you go to your Twitter or Facebook timeline and scroll down, try to imagine what people will see years from now. We all want a lasting positive legacy.