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Living Online | Do You Have a Social Media Will?

 

Have you ever thought about what would happen to your FaceBook page, Twitter account, email, or even your blog if you would pass away, become ill or incapacitated? Do you have a plan in place should something happen to you? Does your family know

what you would like to do? Do you have friends or family that would contact your social media connections to let them know?

I’ve actually thought about this at times and wondered how I really should handle things. After all, I have a number of local friends that are on social media – but the vast majority of my social media life is largely separated from the family, friends and coworkers that encompass more of my day-to-day life. Weirdly enough, I’m kind of afraid of something happening to me and then no one really finding out.

An article from The Atlantic posted last week shares that the government wants each person using social media to include what you would want to do with your accounts into your estate plan – by creating a separate social media will to specify such things.

The idea behind creating a social media will is good. Essentially you will be able to spell out exactly what and how you would like each of your accounts handled as well who would be doing these changes. By detailing out the procedures you would like to take (for example, your final tweet or whether your FaceBook page should become a memorial page), you can have the feeling that everything and most everyone in your life would know about what has happened.

However, as the article states, one of the concerns is keeping the passwords up to date and accurate for every part of your social media life. One solution to this would be using a program like LastPass to store everything going forward. Another concern raised in the comments of the USA.gov blog post was whether you could trust the person you enlist for this? What if you had a falling out with them?

I can honestly say that after reading about this, I’m starting to put a plan into place. If for nothing else so that I can have the peace of mind knowing that I’ve at least attempted to make things easier for those that I love.

Have you prepared for this? How would you handle these plans? Would you create a social media will?

 

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Julie is a single 30-something that writes about discovering who she is meant to be through the process of 160 pound weight loss journey. She can be found tweeting {excessively} at @JulieDutch as well as spending too much time obsessing over where her next Diet Coke is coming from.

3 Comments

  1. Christin

    May 9, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Wow, interesting. I never thought about this before, guess I will now.

  2. Crayon Wrangler

    May 9, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I can’t tell you how important this actually is! For several months before my husband died he wrote in depth on a blog at a purchased domain. He wrote a lot about his children and I wanted to save it for the girls to read when they got older. I procrastinated and the domain expired. I can’t access that anymore. Had he shared the passwords I could have shared this with his children. As of now it’s just a page 404.

    • Prime Parents Club

      May 9, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      OH! This made me very sad. I’m sorry for you. Have you contacted the host? They might be able to access your stuff. OR, have you checked cached pages? I was able to recover a ton of stuff lost on my blog one time by looked at cached pages on google!

      /jackie