How to 'memorialize' a web site

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VIRTUAL MEMORIALS  }:{  from HuffPost 16.Jan.2013

Story source Anthony Dowdell of New Jersey is just one of an estimated 30 million people whose virtual profiles on Facebook have outlived them.

By the end of this year, 3 million Facebook users’ pages will have become memorial sites for their owners, according to calculations by Nate Lustig, the founder of Entrustet, an online company that helps people access and delete online accounts after someone dies. Lustig arrived at the number by culling data on the total number of Facebook users, their ages and geographic distribution, and international death rates.

  • According to the post, “there are clear rules for how next of kin can inherit or delete accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and the countless other online manifestations of ourselves that have proliferated. Usually, family members have to submit an obituary, news article or death certificate to verify the user is dead. But unless there’s a request, the rules on death are rarely enforced on social networks. Facebook allows only the living user of a registered account to have access to it — families can’t get full access to profiles unless there’s documented instruction from the deceased. In a rare case in June, a Wisconsin couple obtained a court order for Facebook to give them access to the personal messages in their 23-year-old son’s account after he committed suicide.”

How to ‘memorialize’ a web site