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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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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How to Prepare for Your Digital Afterlife

Just what does happen to your digital life once you’re gone? As we’ve said here many times before, there’s no easy or simple answer to that question. But there is something you can do: plan ahead.

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PasswordBox Acquires Legacy Locker

PasswordBox, the first and only password management solution to offer legacy protection, today announced its acquisition of Legacy Locker, the first-to-market digital legacy solution. The acquisition comes after PasswordBox announced its series A financing of $6 million, led by OMERS Ventures and several Silicon Valley angel investors, including two Facebook executives. The acquisition of Legacy […]

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What will the next billion Internet users look like?

Here’s an interesting infographic from the folks at InternetServiceProviders.org that takes a look at the Internet user of the future. Enjoy.

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Living online forever? What the UK thinks about it.

Here’s a fascinating infographic out of the UK. Not surprisingly, only 20% had considered what would happen to their online profiles after they died. The YouGov survey, conducted on behalf of Perfect Choice Funeral Plans, found that 45% of 18-24 year-olds would prefer their profiles to remain online but only 25% of over 55s felt the same. […]

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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.

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Infographic: A Guide to Digital Estate Planning

Our friends over at AfterSteps prepared this interesting infographic to show the various policies and procedures for all sorts of online accounts from email and social networking to entertainment and online backup accounts. View the original post at AfterSteps.

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Google Announces Inactive Account Manager

Today Google released its new Inactive Account Manger allowing users to now specify what should happen to their account data once they stop using Google. This is the first offering from a major service provider to proactively ask users to specify their wishes before death. The new feature works like this: You specify a waiting […]

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PBS NewsHour: Law Lags in Defining Posthumous Protocol for Online Accounts

What happens to your email, Facebook page and other digital property when you die? Naomi Cahn of the George Washington University School of Law, and our own Evan Carroll, co-author of “Your Digital Afterlife,” talk to Jeffrey Brown of PBS NewsHour about the legal and ethical quandaries of dealing with a loved one’s digital assets […]

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