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 wont close the accounts of members who pass away. Thats 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 wont 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 wouldnt 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 wouldnt want to leave your passwords with a parent, especially if youre 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 youre alive. Ask them if theyre willing to sign the agreement and each of you keep a copy. Remember, this agreement isnt so much an indictment on your parent or friends character as it is a security blanket for you.
Hopefully youll 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 wont become a part of the great Internet graveyard in cyberspace.