When someone passes away, not
only their spirits but also their social media account endures. After the death
of a person, when any family member sees that their memories, photos, and posts
are surfacing unexpectedly, it can lead to one of the jarring purgatories for
those people who are still healing from this loss. You must concentrate on
managing digital afterlife. According to a professor at the University of
Colorado Boulder, most people do not think as to how they should control their
social media accounts after their death. This can be responsible for leading to
painful and unwanted situations.
For instance, you might wish a
happy birthday to a person and then you find out that he has passed away just a
few days back. LinkedIn also allows you to wish your colleagues and your
connections and you might do so, without knowing that this person suffered from
cardiac arrest and passed away. This is not only awkward but can also be hurtful
for the family members.
Not erasing anything
Most people do not want social media records as well as reminders to go. Recently, Twitter decided to pull down a few inactive accounts. This caused many people to get angry because they were not interested in losing tweets from people they loved, especially the ones who had died. Twitter responded by stating that it would not be taking down the inactive accounts until it would find a way to memorialize the accounts of the deceased. LinkedIn has also started working on an amazing plan for memorializing the accounts. This plan is going to be ready within one year.
According to Suzi Owens, the
spokesperson of LinkedIn, this is one of the most sensitive topics for all the
members and the LinkedIn community is ensuring that the profiles of the people
who have passed away are being treated with respect. You can also ask LinkedIn
to remove any profile of a deceased person if that is what you want. However,
you have to explain the relationship that you shared with the person. Apart
from that, you also have to supply the date of death of the person, the
obituary, and the company, where he worked.
The graveyard of social network
One important thing to
understand is that the digital and virtual lives that people have are going to
outlast the physical lives. According to Oxford University, Facebook can have
more deceased members in comparison to living members within 50 years. Facebook
has allowed the families of the deceased persons to create appropriate legacies
of their loved ones, which will not only accommodate their grief but also
support the community in the best possible manner.
With Facebook, you have the
option of deleting the account permanently after your death. You also have the
option of designating a particular legacy contact that will be responsible for
looking after the memorialized account after you have passed away. This is also
a great way of preserving your life even after you die. This is also
undoubtedly one of the massive changes that technology is going through.