First, let me say that the title of this article isn’t quite right. It should say that your friends can still post to your Facebook account after you die. Facebook has a new feature that allows you to leave instructions that tell Facebook what you want Facebook to do with your account after you die (See the video below). Family members or friends that have your login data can post to your friends on Facebook and Twitter when you’re in your grave if you make them your Facebook heir or leave a Facebook last will and testament. Have you ever thought about what your last post on FB or your last Tweet would be before you die. God forbid you should have to worry about this anytime soon but family members of some deceased Facebook users are having to deal with it now. Who will update your Facebook Status when youre gone? What will happen to your Facebook or Twitter accounts when youre no longer here to manage them? Will they go to a cyber graveyard on the web? Some new online companies have come up with a solution to this problem.
Appoint Account Executors
According to Tim Waller, a television journalist for WYFF News in Greenville, SC, My Webwill is the largest online social site that can help you to execute your online last will and testament. When you register with My Webwill, you get to appoint two (2) web beneficiaries for your accounts. These beneficiaries are responsible for sending out death notices to My Webwill once you pass away. The way it works is, my Webwill sends the user names and passwords to your accounts that youve registered with them to executors that you designate. They also send any instructions about your accounts that you leave to your executors. You can register up to ten (10) free accounts with My Webwill. Note:This service is no longer in business.
Your account Executors can post a final status update to your Facebook account or send a final pre-written email to your friends. As you can see, this is a responsibility you dont want to leave to just anyone. Unfortunately its not just a matter of having a relative call Facebook or Twitter and cancel your account. Facebook doesnt close accounts and take down pages once a member passes away. They do memorialize the pages of deceased members by keeping the page up minus any personal information in a type of cyber graveyard. Your friends are the only people that can see these memorialized pages. The relatives of some deceased Facebook members dont like the policy. They fought to have the policy changed but to no avail. If you don’t like the policy, are you willing to go as far as cancelling your account?
Leave Password With Executors
Of course the simple low-tech solution is to write down your account numbers and passwords and give them to someone you trust with instructions for each of your online accounts. With the changing nature of relationships these days it makes it tricky to choose an Executor for your account. It calls for some wise choosing on your part. So what would you like to say for your final posts on Facebook or Twitter? Will posting from the grave become a fad or fancy?
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