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Life and Death in Cyberspace: Establishing a Social Media Will
By: Christine Geraci
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In this latest episode of "ways social media change everything," we'll discuss a rather interesting article we came across this week that spells out why you — yes, you — need a "social media will." OK, this may be a bit of a morbid topic, but it's an important one. 

The article stems off of an informational piece produced by the USA.gov blog listing tips for setting up a protocol for managing your online presence after you die. The post forces a number of very important questions you may not otherwise be thinking about. 

For instance, do you have all of the usernames and passwords for your online accounts written down and stored somewhere safe?

Do you want all of your accounts immediately canceled in the event of your death, or do you want to leave them open so friends and loved ones can post condolences and memories about you? 

Have you told someone you trust about where to find the logins for your accounts — and what to do with them — in the event of your death?

Have you reviewed the privacy policies for all of your online accounts and familiarized yourself with any options that might be available to you from the companies housing your online profiles in the event of your death?

Are you making sure the person executing your online wishes has a copy of your death certificate in the event that person must interact on your behalf with a company housing one of your online accounts?

Sheesh. Yet another level of responsibility we adults must take on. But it's certainly an important level of responsibility to remember. Imagine the painful irony of being dearly departed, yet unintentionally living on in cyberspace. Put this one on the list of things to discuss with your attorney. And just like you might choose a guardian for your children, choose a guardian for your online identity. 

Has anyone out there already checked this off of their to-do list?


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Christine Geraci is the Social Media/Promotions Specialist at MVP Health Care in Schenectady, NY. Connect with her on Twitter @christinegeraci.
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