Once again, Google has given us something that hopefully other social media will latch onto. Now we have the Inactive Account Manager, that can either delete or give friends and loved ones access to your account in case you pass on.
What in the heck would happen to my account if I died? That question had never occurred to me before. I’ll grant you I don’t have a lot of important stuff coming to my email, but there are a few things that others might need in case something happened to me. So it would make sense that they have access to said emails. But the big thing is, you are in control.
Some other social media make loved ones jump through some hoops to either get access to accounts, or to just get them deleted after the primary user dies. They don’t have a setup allowing this kind of access and it might be time they seriously consider doing it. I for one would like to give access to my Facebook and other accounts to someone so they could properly close them or at the very least be able to have access to things they might want.
I went in and gave it a shot. It’s fairly quick and easy to set up. Once you choose some contacts, you get to write an email to them that they will receive 3 months to a year after your account has become inactive. Truthfully, I think this could be a good chance for hilarity and hijinks, but you likely should consider who it’s going to. If you’re leaving your account to someone you trust, likely they grieved for you pretty hard and might not take kindly of an email from you, cracking jokes, some three months after they put you in the ground.
While I grant you the thought of is somewhat creepy, I think it’s worthwhile to sign up for it. In fact I was going through some of the steps as I wrote this to make sure what I was writing about. Even if you decide you don’t want to let someone access the account, then at the very least go in and sign up to have it deleted. We need to start recycling some of those 1s and 0s on the internet so we will have plenty for future generations.
So, until next time….
Originally published April 12, 2013