I hate to broach the subject of my own death. We're heard so many stories that once a person retires, or fills out his living will, kaboom. Okay I've heard that. So, I have staled with every single document I should have filled out by this time in my life.
And it's not for lack of people asking. With heart disease a basic part of my questionnaire seems to read, have you filled out a medical directive, a living trust, and a social media will. Kidding, no one really asks me.
Many of our friends are losing their parents. My husband and I have been forced to think about our own lives more. He's discussed that he wouldn't know where to begin with everything I do online. I'm sure he's referring to banking, but let's think about this for awhile. I have very high standards when it comes to my email etiquette. I'm reasonable for a few sites that would be giving off an unfriendly vibe if I did not respond within 24 hours to their posts. What do I do, what do you do? What are we supposed to do?
Do I want to take the time to list all the social media sites I'm currently involved with? Do I make an excel spreadsheet to include: sites, log-in names, passwords, emails accounts? How much will an online executor cost? Who can I trust? Makes a person want to jump off the social media bandwagon just thinking about it.
Social media is a part of daily life, but what happens to the online content that you created once you die?
If you have social media profiles set up online, you should create a statement of how you would like your online identity to be handled. Just like a traditional will helps your survivors handle your physical belongings, a social media will spells out how you want your online identity to be handled.
Like with a traditional will, you'll need to appoint someone you trust as an online executor. This person will be responsible for closing your email addresses, social media profiles, and blogs after you are deceased. Take these steps to help you write a social media will:
- Review the privacy policies and the terms and conditions of each website where you have a presence.
- State how you would like your profiles to be handled. You may want to completely cancel your profile or keep it up for friends and family to visit. Some sites allow users to create a memorial profile where other users can still see your profile but can’t post anything new.
- Give the social media executor a document that lists all the websites where you have a profile, along with your usernames and passwords.
- Stipulate in your will that the online executor should have a copy of your death certificate. The online executor may need this as proof in order for websites to take any actions on your behalf.
This approach is smart. Will I do it, yet to be seen.
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