Do you have a “Social-Media Will”?

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Do you have a Facebook page? Twitter? LinkedIn? Yelp? Your blog page?  

Does anyone in your family (or your office) know your Usernames and Passwords? 

Do they know if you want to close the pages down? Or keep them open?  

Who knows your passwords to your bank account? E-zine subscriptions? Or any other re-occurring charges that you have authorized online?  

Guess what? The government has some great ideas on their blogging website. Here’s the excerpt:  

Write a Social Media Will

Social media is a part of daily life, so what happens to the online content that you created once you die? If you are active online you should consider creating a statement of how you would like your online identity to be handled, like a social media will. You should appoint someone you trust as an online executor. This person will be responsible for the closure of 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.


So, do you think it’s a good idea to have a “social-media will”?


Comments (3)

Bud & Beth McKinney
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United

I have never heard of such a thing before! I think it is a good idea if you have a lot of activity online, multiple social media pages and emails. What is the point of keeping all that up?

Jul 05, 2012 12:15 AM
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

I think that when I finally am released from my mortal coil my social media will be going down with the ship Hal. Hundreds of years from now social media archeologists might discover my Facebook tomb and use it as an example of what life was like in the primitive ages.

Jul 05, 2012 12:29 AM
Hal Tennant
HomeTown Lenders - Murfreesboro, TN
Get a Zero Down Mortgage - How to buy a home with no money down

That's funny Malcom, but sadly it may be true.

Jul 05, 2012 02:11 AM