What will happen with our Facebook accounts after our death?

A smartphone user shows the Facebook application on his phone in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, in this photo illustration, May 2, 2013. Facebook Inc's mobile advertising revenue growth gained momentum in the first three months of the year as the social network sold more ads to users on smartphones and tablets, partially offsetting higher spending which weighed on profits. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS)

 

Maybe some of you have already heard about the option featured on Facebook about the managing of accounts of the users when they die. Facebook gave the possibility of having our accounts permanently deleted when we die.

OR actually if some of us wishes we can point out some of our family members or friend to take ver the control of some aspects of our account – e.g. posting on the wall.

It appeared that these following features were among the most requested by users who gave feedback on its memorial page policies, therefore, Facebook decided to go further and to develop the idea of managing the accounts after the death.  Announcing the new feature, Facebook said: “When a person passes away, their account can become a memorial of their life, friendships and experience.

“By talking to people who have experienced loss, we realised there is more we can do to support those who are grieving and those who want a say in what happens to their account after death.”

Just think about the idea that your grandsons will be able to scroll down your newsfeed what can be a indeed a great memorial board!

So let’s take a look what happens when user chooses to allow someone to manage their page in the event of their death, that person will be able to

  • write a post to display at the top of the memorialised timeline
  • respond to new friend requests
  • update the profile picture and cover photo

Moreover, we are able now to choose to give our legacy contact permission to download an archive of the photos, posts and profile information which we have shared on Facebook.

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Tr4y4R5QWA]

 

Inspirations: 

http://newtecharticles.com/facebook-account-after-death-digital-legacy/
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31438707

 

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3 thoughts on “What will happen with our Facebook accounts after our death?

  1. ankithaa68 says:

    Facebook is becoming more and more important by the day. Indeed it’s a good idea but I’m more curious about the technical details. Does the person nominate their profile managers in case of death and how does Facebook ease the transition? Does the nominee announce the death to Facebook and thereby take over the account or does he always have access to it from the beginning? Anyway, good to know that people get what they seek.

  2. e.karastoyanov says:

    I would want my account to be deleted after my death 🙂 There has to be an option for that :)))

  3. bergman.wendy bergman.wendy says:

    I can understand that it can help people grieve. Unfortunatley there are people who are looking to hack such accounts and creep people out. Therefore, Id rather it just be deleted.

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