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Do you need a "Social Media Will" to deal with your "Digital Afterlife"?

submitted on May 14, 2012 by HouTex in "Member's Lounge"
Here's yet another area where government recommendations seem to overstep.
But with so many of these email and social media accounts, I guess we might want to think seriously about who we'd like to leave all those pictures to, or if we'd rather take those accounts with us when we go.
Well, Washington thinks it's time to take the problem seriously. As Facebook rounds the billion-user mark, the Feds have stepped up to the plate with a formal policy about America's online profiles. On April 26th, the government added creating "a social media will" to their list of official personal finance recommendations. advises folks to appoint someone they trust as an online executor, and to hand over all passwords and a clear statement about how you'd like each of your accounts handled after your death.


Considering that we should change our passwords regularly for security reasons, it's going to be pretty hard to maintain a list of accurate information.

I don't know about Twitter and Facebook policies, but according to this article (posted 3 years ago) unused email accounts "may" be deleted, although most are not.
Yahoo Mail – 4 months.

Gmail – 9 months.

AOL Mail – 30 days.

Hotmail – 120 days.


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