Sunday, 15 February 2015


Legacies and archives

Our Facebook pages might survive us all. Conductor Rita Szarvas and those with her died on Air France flight 447 in June 2009, but her Facebook page remains in part on line:

'Death and the Internet' is now a complex issue, and can only become more so as the digital age progresses and the Internet companies continue to respond to this:

Earlier this week Facebook announced a system allowing the establishment those with Facebook pages to write a 'Facebook Will' –
  • US-based Facebook reveals tool to update your page after you die
  • Users can now name a 'Legacy Contact' to take over their account
  • The 'heir' will not have access to everything but can change key details
  • For example, your picture can be changed, and they can send a final status
  • Facebook said the move was in response to hundreds of thousands of requests for such a feature.

How to create a 'legacy contact' on Facebook

This service is very new and may not be available in your country yet:

Save it somehow, or lose it

Never mind the ownership, never mind Facebook, if you really want electronic texts and images to survive, you had better start planning and taking active steps to give your online heritage a better chance of doing so:


Bates, D. (2015) The Facebook WILL: social network adds feature that lets a dedicated 'Legacy Contact' edit your page after you die, Daily Mail, 12 February

Callison-Burch, V. (2015) Adding a Legacy Contact, Facebook, 12 February

Griffiths, S. (2015) Print out your photos or risk losing them, warns Google boss, Daily Mail, 13 February

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