"We hope that this new feature will enable you to plan [...]— in a way that protects your privacy and security — and make life easier for your loved ones after you’re gone." The California-based company also owns YouTube, photo-sharing service Picasa and Blogger. Click here to see details of the Inactive Account Manager.
Other companies have also attempted to tackle the questions after a person's death. Facebook, as an example, allows users to memorialize an account.
Nobody wants to contemplate their own death, but it's as certain as the daily change between light and dark for most of us. Not if you live in the North Pole, of course. There's always an exception.
Now cyberspace companies have raised the question, we are faced with a dilemma. Should we plan ahead or duck under the quilt and snooze?
I plan to write a daily blog for 2013 as a lasting record of my perspective on what happened in the world. I hadn't thought about how that could be achieved. Because I use Weebly, I need to do some private planning to memorialize my account. Or should I care what happens? Would anyone read what I've written?
A friend who belonged to the Internet Writers Workshop died last year. All his writing was lost because his family was not interested in recovering his countless unpublished novels.
I can see the same thing happening to my blog. Most of my immediate family is deceased. Teenage grandchildren, scattered around the world, have yet to form into the people they were meant to be. The dilemma remains.
What will you do?