Zuckerberg Grants Immortality


Unforunately, we will all leave this earth eventually. But that is not necessarily true for our online identities. One of the big problems that families face when a loved one dies is what to do with the person’s social media. Nowadays, a huge part of someone’s life is digital. We all have personal files, identities, assets, and accounts across the web. A recent Zogby Poll showed that adults in the United States have growing concerns about their online presence after they die.

To help with this issue, Facebook recently announced that users can now select a “legacy contact”… to manage your account when you die.  To me, choosing someone that you trust to manage your digital estate without sharing your passwords is an idea that makes good sense.

Legacy contacts have the ability to make one final post on your behalf when you die. They can also respond to friend requests and manage your pictures and profile. They will not be able to log in as the person who passed away or view their private messages.

According to Jodi Seth, a spokeswoman for Facebook, the company has received

-Vanessa Callison-Burch, Facebook Product Manager

-Vanessa Callison-Burch, Facebook Product Manager

“hundreds of thousands” of page memorializations since they began doing in it 2007. Under that distinction, the account can be viewed but not edited or managed in any way.

To use this new feature, you can go to the settings page on Facebook. There, you can choose Security –> Legacy Contact and then choose a contact from your friends list. You can then choose what you allow your legacy contact to do.

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3 Responses to Zuckerberg Grants Immortality

  1. sydhavely says:

    sounds like Mr. Zuckerberg was getting some serious feedback. Nice post, Jake.

  2. Margaret Linnehan says:

    Hi Jake, I did a similar blog, however, my concern is being able to access the account depending on the age of the person when they die. I don’t think a teenager or young person should choose a legacy person for their account, it should be a family member. Just a thought. Margaret

  3. Jake Stern says:

    I completely agree with you. I’m not sure what the solution could be but there would have to be someway to minimize abuse. Maybe make it available to people above a certain age and have them make requests in person? I don’t see how you could do that but your concern is definitely valid. I can see how parents would be very upset with young teenagers posting insensitive messages for their child as the family is grieving.

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