Digital Ghosts Remain When Folks Pass Away

In this era of digital personas, profiles, accounts, applications and media, how does one keep track of all the online lives they have, so that in the event of a terrible, unfortunate incident, these digital accounts can be closed off and taken care of. This morning, i bumped up against a scrap of digital ghost-iness from one such lovely lady.

I re-read her out of office message in Instant Messenger, and it brought back the proverbial flood of rememberies and goodness. And then it made me think.Do we need to have digital estate executors? Someone to tidy up after us, after we’ve gone on to new adventures?

Do *you* know all of your on-line accounts? Your Linked-In, Flickr, eBay, iTunes, online banking, PayPal and Facebook accounts can keep going for a *long* time.  Would a loved one be able to housekeep for you? Do you have a file saved with all your on-line accounts and passwords? Does it really matter? Likely it matters, if only to keep those folks still in the analog world from rubbing up against your digital personalities in the future. Me, I’m going to set up a digital estate executor.

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