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 www.evancarroll.net.

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Personal Archiving: Preserving Our Digital Heritage

A few months back, I published a chapter in a new book called Personal Archiving: Preserving Our Digital Heritage, edited by Donald Hawkins. My chapter, Digital inheritance: tackling the legal and practical issues, addressed the current challenges around passing your digital assets to your heirs.

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What happens to your Instagram account when you die?

Unlike Facebook and Twitter, Instagram doesn’t readily reveal what happens to the account of a deceased user. As a part of their privacy policy, they offer basic instructions on how to contact them about a deceased user.

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Solving the Digital Afterlife Problem

Almost weekly I learn about a new service seeking to help solve the digital afterlife problem. More often than not, I learn about a new password or file vault. Some are designed to last until death, and others are focused on perpetuity. All of these services rely on one premise: advance preparation.

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What happens to your Twitter account when you die?

Among social media websites, Twitter has one of the simplest policies related to the death of a user. Simply put, Twitter will work with an authorized representative of the deceased user’s estate to deactivate the account and will not provide any access to the account.

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RIP Digital Legacy Startups

In 2009 we founded The Digital Beyond as a way to spread awareness of digital afterlife issues and to provide expert guidance to companies and individuals. One constant feature of our site is our Online Services List, which has grown to 61 different companies offering digital estate planning or online memorial services.

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More News from Facebook?

At the end of Facebook’s recent announcement about privacy settings of memorialized profiles and the availability of Look Back videos to friends of the deceased users, a final paragraph hints at more to come from Facebook. Changes like this are part of a larger, ongoing effort to help people when they face difficult challenges like […]

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ULC Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Committee Work Coming to Close

Over the last two years the Uniform Law Commission’s Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets committee has worked with companies, private organizations and industry leaders to craft a model act to incorporate digital assets into probate and trust codes. The stated goal of the committee is to “vest fiduciaries with at least the authority to manage and […]

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Father Pleads for Facebook Look Back Video, Facebook Obliges

Along with Facebook’s announcement of new privacy policy for memorialized accounts, they also offered to create a Look Back Video, originally created to celebrate Facebook’s 10th anniversary, to any one who’s suffered a loss. In their announcement, Facebook representatives said the following. Today, we’re also glad to begin offering a way for anyone who has […]

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Facebook Changes Policy on Privacy Settings for Memorialized Accounts

Perhaps the tide is shifting to allow users more control of their profiles after death. Facebook recently announced plans to no longer change the privacy settings of a memorialized account. In an announcement, members of Facebook’s Community Operations team said the following. Up to now, when a person’s account was memorialized, we restricted its visibility […]

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Digital Beyond content now cross-posted at Follr.com

Wappingers Falls, NY (February 28th 2014) Follr, Inc. today announced a content licensing agreement with The Digital Beyond, a blog about digital existence and what happens to it after death. Under the agreement Follr users will be able to read and view Digital Beyond content, including blog posts and videos, from the Follr software platform and via the […]

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