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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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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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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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