Facebook Twitter Usernames and Passwords After You Die

Facebook and Twitter usernames and passwords need to be left with someone you trust in case of your death. Millions of people sign up on Facebook and Twitter every year and login to interact with people from all over the world. A very large number of these users have become addicted to these social networking giants and go online everyday to check their friends post and tweets and to share their own. Unfortunately not all of us make it to the next day. People die everyday, including Facebook and Twitter users whose accounts remain open. Facebook and Twitter won’t close the accounts of members who pass away. That’s why you need to leave your Facebook and Twitter usernames and passwords with someone you trust so that they can close the account in case of your death.

Facebook won’t close the account of deceased members even if your parents or spouse reports your death to them and ask them to close the account. Facebook will memorialize your page and leaves limited access but they will not close it. It takes someone that has the username and password to login and close the account. Under normal circumstances, most of us wouldn’t share a username and password with anyone in order to protect our privacy. But the rules of the social networking game are still being written and we have to adapt to them on the fly. This could mean leaving usernames and passwords with instructions with someone you trust with instructions for them to close the accounts after you pass away.

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I can understand why you wouldn’t want to leave your passwords with a parent, especially if you’re a teenager that treasures a certain amount of privacy. But it would make it so much easier on your family emotionally if you made arrangements to leave the usernames and passwords with someone ASAP. You could write up an agreement stipulating that the person that you leave your usernames and passwords with agrees not to log into your Facebook and Twitter accounts as long as you’re alive. Ask them if they’re willing to sign the agreement and each of you keep a copy. Remember, this agreement isn’t so much an indictment on your parent or friend’s character as it is a security blanket for you.

Hopefully you’ll live a long and prosperous life but by leaving your usernames and passwords with someone you trust, your accounts can be closed and not be targets of mean spirited posters. You also won’t become a part of the great Internet graveyard in cyberspace.