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Who Will Tend Your Memory on Facebook?

A couple of years ago at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, I met a guy in a superhero costume promoting his start-up, which he cheekily called Dead Social. His company’s mission statement: “Prepare for a Digital Death and Build Your Digital Legacy.”

Start-up founder James Norris was onto something then, and Facebook this week joined digital giants Google and Apple in acknowledging that questions of what to do with your digital persona after death now loom large for all of us. To simplify your planning, Facebook now allows you to give one friend a special curatorial power over your account once you’re gone.

See also: Protecting Your Online Data When You’re Gone

So, starting right now, here’s what you can do with your account to prepare for its (and your) afterlife:

Choosing a Legacy Contact for Facebook afterlife

Legacy accounts will look different from the account you have now:

The legacy contact will be able to:

That’s it. You’ve got a plain old will, a living will and a health care proxy. Now it’s time to take care of your postmortem Facebook presence.

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