Google’s Inactive Account Manager Reminder

Last week I received a reminder from Google about my Inactive Account Manager settings. The notice, reminded me of my timeout period and the contact I specified to receive my information.


Reminder email from Google. Click to enlarge.

One key component of digital estate planning is keeping your plans up-to-date. In fact, any number of changes in your life or in how you use technology can create a need to update your plan. This reminder is an excellent example of how companies can help you keep your plans current.

Whether you’re using the Inactive Account Manager or not, consider ways you can remember to update your plans. Perhaps you could set up a recurring meeting on your calendar? Or maybe you want to update your plans each time you change your password? Whatever reminder you choose, make sure you take the time to update your digital estate plans on a regular basis.

    About Evan Carroll

    Evan Carroll is an author, speaker and UX strategist who works to make digital experiences more personal, more emotional and more effective. A leader in the developing digital legacy and personal archiving arena, Evan is author and co-founder at The Digital Beyond and co-author of the book, Your Digital Afterlife: When Facebook, Flickr and Twitter Are Your Estate, What's Your Legacy?. Evan has appeared in numerous media outlets including The New York Times, NPR’s Fresh AirObit magazine, NPR’s Here and Now, Fox News, CNN and The Atlantic. A frequent speaker on both marketing and digital legacy, Evan has presented to audiences at SXSW Interactive (2010-2012, 2014), the Library of Congress, and the Internet Archive, among others. Evan holds BS and MS degrees in Information Science from UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science. He can be contacted by emailing or via Twitter @evancarroll.  Evan's personal site is

    One Response to Google’s Inactive Account Manager Reminder

    1. Alfons Boltjes July 18, 2013 at 4:48 am #

      Dear reader,

      All what you suggest in your article is possible within

      You can put in automatic actions and reminder which will happen when you wish.

      Best regards,

      Alfons Boltjes

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