Leaving A Digital Legacy?

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“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies . . . Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die . . . It doesn’t matter what you do, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Who doesn’t want to be remembered when they have passed? Who doesn’t want to leave a legacy? I wrote about that a few years ago. But what about leaving a digital legacy?

I read this article: How to post to Facebook, Twitter after you die at CNN the other day and I’m still wondering what to make of it. Allow me to quote from the article:

DeadSocial (the name of the service provider) covers all the post-death social media options, scheduling public Facebook posts, tweets and even LinkedIn posts to go out after someone has died. The free service will publish the text, video or audio messages directly from that person’s social media accounts, or it can send a series of scheduled messages in the future, say on an anniversary or a loved one’s birthday. ~ CNN

Why would anyone want to do that I wonder.

I know of Facebook profiles being left on and I see friends and family continue to leave messages quite a few years after the person’s passing. I also know of Facebook pages that are started by loved ones to invite family and friends to leave messages of condolence, etc. However, I’m not quite sure how I would react if I were to receive a message from a dead person wishing me for my birthday! 😉

I don’t want to be judgmental about this. It is a personal choice. However, for me, it would be way over the top. I’d prefer that people remember me for the way I touched their lives,  rather than intrude on  them with my messages from down under.

This is one service I will not be trying out.  When I go out of town on my own, I leave a list of my passwords with my husband to enable him to delete my social media accounts should anything happen to me! Morbid, you think? I’m thinking, practical.

Will you be signing up with DeadSocial?

 

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Comments

  1. says

    No way, wouldn’t even think twice about it. I think social media isoverdoing it this time. One’s gotta recognize when it is the end. But yes, have been wondering about leaving a legacy too. Hopefully, my efforts to everyday in faith and love would count with my family and friends.
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  2. Roshni says

    That sounds so creepy! How would anyone know what to post and what would one post of someone who is dead?! How would the friends and relatives of that person feel on receiving these messages..would they even answer them?! This confirms my views that there are so many idiots in this world that you can literally market anything, given the right packaging!!
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  3. says

    dont think i will be joining this.. but i can see the appeal for some people.
    What you said about the passwords is thought provoking… i have never considered it. Keeping the passwords with someone else in the event I kick the bucket.

  4. says

    I had read about this sometime ago on the internet, and had similar thoughts as yours. These days no one wants to die, hence such ideas are born where people have the feeling of being alive despite being no longer there. It is weird and creepy for the receiver and I am sure it must be very hurtful to some very close loved ones who must be trying hard to come to terms with that person’s death. Such things would constantly remind them of that person and hence not let that person move on.

    I would never want to opt for such services and yes I have all my passwords listed out safely to be handed over if incase anything happens to me anytime :)
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  5. Mary Stephenson says

    Hi Corinne

    Now that is darn right creepy! Besides if you thought someone was dead and then you got a happy birthday message from them, you might be thinking you lost your mind, either now or before when you thought they were gone. Just like when we think, is that movie star gone or they still with us, can’t remember for sure. Another good reason to think we are a bit insane and maybe loosing our mind.

    I feel the same way about that as I do about putting flowers on graves…did you give flowers to them when they were alive so they could really enjoy them? Remember me when I am alive, interact with me when I am still here. If I write something worth reading or draw something worth enjoying, keep it and remember me this way. Laugh and eat dark chocolate on my day of departure!

    Got to give them credit for an idea, even if it is a bad one!

    Mary
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  6. janika R says

    I never thought that far but I would prefer to reach the people I know while being Alive but not after death..
    Lovely post…

  7. says

    Not at all Corinne!

    I too have read a similar article somewhere, though it didn’t talk of this service but a similar kind that I don’t even remember, because it didn’t click with me.

    I for one, like you, can never imagine being wished or sending such wishes once I am gone and would prefer being remembered till my last day- for who and as I was. And who knows what kind of messages such services send, as I’m sure they can’t replace you and would just be sending standard auto ones.

    I think you are being very practical about leaving your passwords with your hubby, and I too am glad that my hubby already knows all my passwords, so there’s no problem in case I am no more :)

    Thanks for sharing and making us think about this one. :)
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  8. AlkaGurha says

    This reminds me of a quote……”If you want to be remembered after you are gone, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.’ I am guessing a writer was behind the thought.
    As you say, its best to be remembered by the way we touch each others lives.

  9. says

    No, I’d not sign up for such things! It would be so weird!!
    A few days ago, husband’s friend on FB posted pics of his dead son and not one but a whole album which had his close-ups and of the procession to the cremation ground. Seeing such pics was so scary and uncomfortable, I wonder how freaky it would be to receive a message from a dead man!
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  10. janu says

    Maybe the movie P.S.I Love You, inspired them to do so. That was sweet too. But, that makes letting go a lot more difficult. It is way too spooky. I would not want that. The people around me have had me too much up close in real life…why would they want me to linger around after I am gone?