Google will help you log off when you die

12 April 2013

The end of life, IRL, is marked by much wailing and gnashing of teeth, hearses and gravestones. But online, a Facebook page or an email address can linger in the ether long after the owner has shuffled off this mortal coil and gone to the great Tumblr in the sky.

smily death

Google, in an attempt to address this, will now offer users a chance to delete to all those lols, memes and tedious blogs about depression/Mrs Thatcher/horsemeat when they are no longer on earth to bore everyone.

Users can choose to have their online data deleted either three months, six months or a year after their demise, and this will apply to your social networking, email and blog accounts. (Although if you’re on Google Plus, people will think you’re dead anyway.)

‘We hope that this new feature will enable you to plan your digital afterlife - in a way that protects your privacy and security - and make life easier for your loved ones after you're gone,’ Google said.

Digital afterlife? *shudder*

Personally, I’d like to bequeath my archived tweets, lolcats and George Takei Facebook shares to my grandchildren.

:-(

TOPICS:   Technology   Privacy   Social Media   Health

3 comments

  • tom
    I think the majority of people would like there profile to live on, imagine if 100 years in the future fb was still around in some kind of fashion and people could trace you and look at what you did.
  • tom
    their* before I get shot down.
  • matt
    theres always archive.org ...

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