What to do with your online accounts when you die


What will happen to your Facebook account when you die? What about Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube?

It’s not something most of us have given any thought to. But Griffith University, School of Humanities, Senior Lecturer, Dr Margaret Gibson has. And she raises one interesting option in her Know more in sixty seconds video ‘What to do with your online accounts when you die’.

Apparently, you can sign up for automated death notices. They notify all your online services and your family and friends of your passing.

When you sign up to one of these services, you’ll receive an email each week to check if you are still with us. If you fail to respond after three messages, the system automatically notifies your family and friends of your death.

There are downsides to using this automated service, of course. And we are sure you can guess what they are. But if not, check out Dr Gibson’s short, snappy video.

Want to know more about digital objects of the dead? Check out these publications by Dr Gibson:



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