What to do with your online accounts when you diePosted: September 7, 2016
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:
- Gibson, Margaret (2015) “Automatic and Automated Mourning: messengers of death and messages from the dead“, Continuum: journal of media and cultural studies.
- Gibson, Margaret (2015) “Youtube and bereavement vlogging: emotional exchange between strangers”, Journal of Sociology, 1-15.
- Gibson, Margaret (2014) “Digital Objects of the Dead: negotiating electronic remains” pp. 221-238, in The Social Construction of Death: interdisciplinary perspectives, edited by Leen van Brussel and Nico Carpentier, London: Palgrave.
- Gibson, Margaret and Marga Altena (2014) “The Digital Lives of the Dead: YouTube as a practice of Cybermourning” pp. 15-27, in A Digital Janus: Looking forward, looking back, edited by Dennis Moser and Susan Dun, Inter-Disciplinary Press: United Kingdom.
- Gibson, Margaret (2008) Objects of the Dead: Mourning and Memory in Everyday Life, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne: Australia