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Sharon Callix
Who will inherit your Facebook profile when you die?

THERE IS a very weird feeling you get when someone dies and you still see them tagged in recent posts on Facebook or you receive a notification reminding you that their birthday is coming up.

When someone who once had a Facebook account passes away, it’s hard for family and close friends to be constantly reminded of the person they have lost on a vibrant platform such as this. In many cases, it makes it seem as if their loved one is still alive.

Facebook is not intended to be a place that serves as a memorial. When Facebook is notified of someone’s death, the account is locked, though the contents of the page are still in plain view for those who are on the friends list of the deceased.

It can be extremely disturbing for relatives because it disrupts their healing process to see posts from a loved one who has passed.

However, there is now a different option that allows people to nominate someone who can manage and handle their digital assets to ensure the account is managed properly once they pass on.

Jeff Brubaker from the University of California said: “Memorialised profiles can be unsettling, particularly right after someone dies. It’s not always clear that someone has died, and details can get buried in the flood of messages that friends post. This concept of stewardship centres on individuals caring for accounts and data they do not own.

“People’s social media identities persist after they die, and even though no one is managing their profiles, others continue to use these spaces. The most gratifying aspect of Facebook’s new features is knowing that these changes will make Facebook a more supportive space for people during challenging times.”

The first thing that will now be implemented is the prefix “remembering” before the name of the person who died. This is a great way to clarify to anyone who looks at the profile that the person is no longer alive.

There will be feature called the legacy contact and it will allow people to have rights to pin post son your timeline, respond to new friend requests, update the profile picture, but they will not be able to see your private messages or post on your timeline on your behalf.

For some people, the fact of allowing people to continue to send friend requests to a person that has passed away makes no sense at all. This is a controversial feature that will probably need to see some changes before it come out as an acceptable way to pay tribute to those who are no longer with us.

There is no reason why memorials shouldn’t be set up for people who are no longer able to post in the network, but there should be some logical regulations so this is as pleasant and respectful as possible.

Sharon Callix
Award Winning Social Media Expert,UK
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