What happens to our content on Internet when we die!

We spend a great deal of time online these days and many have a big social network online that they interact with daily. Considering this new way of interacting it has become important to think about what will happen to all the content online when we die. It is also important to think about what we can do to protect the things we upload to different sites online. And it is even more important to take necessary steps if we also write online and make some money from our work!

Most of us has knowledge about what will happen to our worldly belongings when we die. And we also know how it will be done! We have insurances and maybe we have written a will or a letter to our relatives and friends, just in case something would happen to us. If we live in a relationship or are married we will make sure that the other person knows where everything is and I believe that most of us don't have so many secrets hidden from the spouse! Even though we are all unique we are also pretty common and most of us puts security for our family first by taking steps to protect the children and the family!

But even if that is more or less usual in the ”real” world it isn't so common in the social world on Internet. Personally, I haven't told my spouse or my family about my accounts or exactly what I do on Internet. Of course they all know my name on HubPages and that I write on other places too, but they don't know where exactly. If they search for my name, they will see some of it, but not all!


Our digital life is just a click away!
Our digital life is just a click away! | Source

Our digital life!

When I think about how much time I spend on my social life on Internet it seems very strange that I haven't done anything so far to protect it in case something would happen to me. Our digital life is becoming more important and the social life online takes up more time than ever in peoples life. But mostly I think people treat it as a social thing that doesn't have any meaning when we die or will have no relevance when we are dead. That is possibly true in the beginning, but with time most of us will have things to protect and it is always better do think about it before something happens.


What is there to protect?

On social media the content we have online is mostly pictures and short sentences. But it is also a story about a person and a life. Especially with the new timeline on Facebook that with time will become like a story of a persons life if we choose to use Facebook that way. Both photos and the story of our life could be worth something for those who are left behind. I know that the best memories of a loved one that has died, comes from memories of real meetings and from the time we have spent together with that person. But I also know that the memory of a persons face fade away with time and we need the photos to remember every detail that once was so familiar and well known. My father died when I was 15 years old and I remember him clearly in some situations where I can put him in an context but his face is a bit blurred if I don't see him on a photo. The small details are gone from my memory and I didn't get the opportunity to know him as an adult. If Facebook had been invented before he died and if he had used it, it would be a goldmine for me to get to know him as an adult. With that in mind I think it is important to have an option to save some of it.


Our social life on Facebook can be valuable for those left behind!
Our social life on Facebook can be valuable for those left behind! | Source

Our friends on Internet

The way we make friends on Internet and interact with them isn't so unlike the way we interact with friends in the real world. Sometimes I even think that I get to know my online friends better than some people I know in the real world. I guess that it because with some online friends we will be given the opportunity to meet the real person from their actions and their words. We follow them through happiness and sorrows and we judge them from their thoughts rather than from their looks. We see only bits and pieces of a person and we see the pictures without references because we where not there at the time the photo was taken. We have immediate contact through Internet but we have also no way to get in contact with a person who suddenly decide to shut down their account online or if they die. In either case we will miss them deeply and we will wonder what had happen to them. I have lost several people during my time online and in most cases I assume that the person simply moved their online presence to another site or just left. Maybe that is good enough and maybe we have to live with that? Personally I think that is a vital part of the freedom of Internet interactions, that I can decide when I want out, without feeling the need to tell everyone. But here come the first problem because I would want to say goodbye to many of the people I know online. All my followers and the people that I follow and interact with daily are examples of people I wouldn't want to just walk away from without a world.


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HubPages! The place where we have our work and many fantastic friends! | Source

What happens to our copyright work on Internet?

This is a question I have asked myself lately! I guess we all have our way of organise things in our lives and I am sure there are people who are very well organised and have all their accounts, their usernames and passwords written down in a place that is well known to the family. But I haven't! My family wouldn't have a clue where to start searching and even if they did it is useless since some of it is only in my head or is written down on small notes of papers with only bits and parts of the relevant information. And this is so unlike me, because in my real world I am very well organised with all paperworks in order even if it isn't perfect. And that is my point here, that maybe there are more online people who treats their online presence and online work in the same way as I do? A bit more like a hobby that isn't so important and doesn't belong with the insurance papers!

It is also worth knowing that copyright work is still copyright work even after the authors dead. For how long vary a bit in different countries but it can be for 50-70 years after after an author's death.


Social network on Google+
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What happens to our profiles on Internet?

Apparently their are no specific rules on how to deal with the profiles of a deceased. So every Internet site make up the rules for their site and some of the social networking sites let the relatives transform the profile page to a memorial. That sounds good to me because then also virtual friends will know what has happen. Even if we are modern people who have learned how to interact online in a very fast way with short sentences, we are still humans and we act like humans, which means that the person behind the username and the interaction with that person is the most important for us as humans. And what happens to messages we have sent to others? In some cases I imagine that the messages we send online is very private, and what happens if the person die and you want your messages back? Is that even possible? There are many questions and I think that more questions will arise in the future.


Have you thought about what happens to our content on Internet when we die?

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Tips on what you can do if you want to have some control over this!

  • Talk with your family and relatives and come to agreements on how and where you all have account information to different sites online. That goes for your children too.
  • You should encrypt your passwords and your data over accounts and give the key to someone you trust.
  • There are companies online where you can store your data but make sure you can trust them before you hand over all your data to them. Even if Internet is safe, once it it out there it can get hacked.
  • Find out how the site you use manage deceased peoples profiles and accounts and make preparations according to their rules.
  • Include all your accounts online like YouTube accounts, hosting sites, domain sites, e-mail accounts and so on in your preparations. When I think of all the different accounts I have online it feels a bit overwhelming. It is so easy to sign up to different accounts and we have probably more accounts and passwords than we need.

The new way of interacting online is new and we need to think about these things and treat our online presence with a little more respect. At least I know that I need to.

Please feel free to tell me how you handle your internet content and your thoughts on this subject!


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi the digger, I think so too and it is therefore important to share the needed information in some way. It would be nice to know that someone wanted to continue. Thanks for the visit and for the comment!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Trinity M, I am glad you found this interesting and I appreciate the comment!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Harsha Vardana R, you may be right and digital rights would make it easier for the relatives.

Thanks for reading and for the comment!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi chamilj, I think most of us will think about this question even though it can be difficult for us. But if we do what we can to protect our work in the future we can focus on the present which is the most important. Thanks!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Paul Kuehn, that is a good point! It is a special legacy and the online content has taken most of us lot of time and effort to create. Thanks for reading and for the comment!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Rajan, yes it is an interesting subject which raises many new questions. I will try to find out more and add information to this hub, if possible. I don't think it is possible to nominate a relative or so on HubPages now, at least I haven't seen such an option. But it is a great idea!

I am so glad you liked this Rajan and I appreciate your comment, the votes and the sharing very much!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Dream ON! That is a great way to look at it and I like the thought of it. It would be great to have something written from parents and grandparents and this can be possible for future generations. Blogs and e-books and sites like HubPages makes it possible for everyone who wants to have a voice. Thanks for adding your thoughts on this subject, very interesting!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Thank you p10kabhijita, for reading and for the comment!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Peggy W! You have already done what you can for preparations and it is good to have it done, just in case, even though we hope it wouldn't be needed for a long time. Having a spouse who can take over a site if they want to and continue to write there sounds comforting in a way. A site is personal and tells so much of the person behind it and it would also be a way to have some of the thoughts from a loved family member still available. Thank you for all this valuable information and I also think it would be great if we could pass a site or sites in our will! I think it should be possible considering that there are many people who earn on internet and some earn big amounts of money too. I appreciate the votes and your comment! Thanks!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi samsons1 and thank you for the uplifting comment and the votes!

Tina


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thedigger 4 years ago from New Delhi

I forgetted one day I will die and now I start thinking after reading this article. I think close friends/relatives can continue when the owner of the website/blog is no more.


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Trinity M 4 years ago

What an interesting hub. I never really thought about this before; you sure have given me loads of food for thought. Thanks you.


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Harsha Vardhana R 4 years ago from Bangalore

Interesting.

I believe soon we would have digital custody, digital rights etc.

May be websites would start following some proof of death issued by government authorities

Of course, there would be hacking here too. Shall I say it as digital murder though a person is very much alive?


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chamilj 4 years ago from Sri Lanka

Very interesting. This question was in my mind too. Thanks for the great information.


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Paul Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

This is a very useful hub, and I do agree that a person should start thinking about what will happen to their on-line content after they pass away. After all, much of what you publish on the Internet becomes part of your legacy and you want to protect that. Voted up and sharing.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Tina, I did think about this question a few times and wanted to put it too in the questions' section but somehow forgot about it. Glad I came across your hub. You have addressed the issue extremely well. I would also want to know like Sharyn Slant as to what will happen to the income if the hubs are not taken off by the family. Will it be paid to the legal heir/s and how? Does a nomination facility exist within hubpages for such an eventuality?

Great topic to choose and write about. Amazing hub.

Voted all the way up and across.

Shared it all over, floowers, fb, G+1 and tweeted.


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DREAM ON 4 years ago

What an amazing topic that it so interesting and important.Today other hubbers may make the groundwork for future hubbers so they can see their parents and grandparents contributions and personal work.So all our hard work doesn't go down the drain. Great advice and we are the first generation hubbers to many more generations to come.Rated up and very thought prevoking.


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p10kabhijita 4 years ago from India

A very valid debate raised :)


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Thoughtful hub. I have written down all of my passwords, user names, etc., so that my husband would have access to them if anything happened to me and I have his as well. I would hope that he would want to keep my HubPage writings live as many of them concern vacations with photos, etc.

I am aware of one HP writer whose spouse had started the site and died and the other one has taken it over and continued to write.

Comments could always be shut off if the person managing the site just wanted it left up but did not want to interact with viewers.

At the Houston HubCamp, I asked that question as to survivership. Robin and Jason were there and responded that it was a good question. They thought that a person's will might take care of it. Not sure if they have had time to do more thinking regarding that subject. But it would be really nice to know that what we start by way of earning residual income...it could be passed on in our wills.

Voted up and interesting. Sharing!


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee

Tremendous hub, well written and compelling. Voted up, useful, interesting and shared. Thanks for alerting us...


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi TriftyBoomer, I know what you mean because I thought a lot about this subject too before I finally decided to do something about it. We do need to start somewhere! Thanks for reading and for the comment, I appreciate it.

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi bizwin! Yes we must face it even if it feels a bit distant and unreal. I often find that writing a hub about things and problems that have or things that makes me uneasy can make it easier to tackle. While I search for answers I help myself and hopefully I can help others too. Thank you so much for reading, I appreciate the votes and thanks for sharing!

Tina


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ThriftyBoomer 4 years ago

This is a very informative hub, and something I have thought about but never did anything. Now I have a starting point to actually tackle the issue. Thank you for sharing this. Voted up and awesome.


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bizwin 4 years ago from England, UK

Wow, Tina. how did you have the courage to tackle this kind of topic and even write a hub about it. This is very deep and it just struck something inside me. Let's face it. This is a real fact. Thank you for the courage. Voted across and sharing with followers.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi RTalloni, Yes it takes a bit of thinking and I am planning to update this hub when I find out more about this. Thanks for reading,

Tina


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Have been meaning to come back to this because it is interesting to think through this topic. Thanks for highlighting some of the issues!


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Vespawoolf, maybe this will be more regulated in the future than it is now. I had the same thoughts as you and my curiosity made me check into it. We must do what we can since there are so many reasons to protect our writing and presence on Internet. Thanks for adding your thought on this subject vespawoolf and for the votes!

Tina


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

This question had actually crossed my mind at one time or another, but I'd never found an answer to it. We take the time to write wills and yet online content is never addressed. These are great tips for leaving information with our loved ones in case of death. Thank you! Voted up and across the board (except, of course, funny).


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi justmesuzanne! I am so glad that you found this useful! It is really something to think about. Thank you so much for the votes and for sharing!


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justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

Great, practical information! Voted up, useful and shared! :)


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Vinaya! Yes, I also believe copyrights goes to the relatives after a person dies so therefor it can be a good idea to make sure our relatives knows where to find our work. It would make it so much easier for them and it is easy for us to collect all the accounts in a safe place. Thanks for you input on this subject and I always appreciate a visit form you! Best regards,

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi xstatic! I didn't think about this either until just before I wrote this! It really is something to think about and there are many aspects to consider. Age is one thing but we all live with the uncertainty since something can happen unexpected. If I have a choice, I will not vanish from my writing friends without letting everyone know but everything can happen and maybe I will not have the time nor opportunity to say or write even a goodbye! I have no clear plans yet but I think it is a good idea to have someone who can get access to our Internet world. I hope you find a solution that works for you and thank you so much for reading and for the comment! I hope we will have the opportunity to write here for many years!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Sharyn S, good questions and I am sorry to say that I don't have the answers. But I will try to find out though since it would be so valuable to know. You are ahead on my on this and you seem to have thought about it and made some preparations. It seems like a great idea to have a beneficiary form on sites like hubpages if the hubs continue to be published. Thanks for the great comment and I will let you know if I find out something valuable.

Tina


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I have never considered about this issue. It is well known fact that when a person dies, copyrights of his/her print works are transferred to the spouse, children or someone close to him/her.

Thanks for sharing your point of view.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Really an inteesting subject here. I have neve even though about it. I'm quite a bit older that you are so I will have to give this some thought. To simply vanish from HP or other sites might leave some people uneasy. Some may even want to write "tribute " Hubs if they knew friends wre gone. Really thought provoking.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Tina ~ great topic here. This is a question that I brought up in the forums that I do not believe received responses (maybe one). I have a list of all my online user i.d.'s and passwords. My sisters know where they can find these if needed. But I question, what happens to our revenue that we have earned or continue to earn once we are gone. Is there some type of beneficiary form that can be completed for a site like HubPages? Do the hubs/profile just get removed after a specific amount of time?

Sharyn


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi christollesseb, It is so nice to meet you here! Oh, a family site, that sounds like a great idea. I don't even have that and it is a constant problem with computers that refuse to start and all the photos that is left inside a dead computer. Now I have iCloud so I can access the things I want if my computer should give up but a site like the one you describe sounds much better! Thanks for the tips, I will check it out! And thanks for reading, the votes and for the comment!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Earthy Mother! Yes, I think you are right. It seems like it could be a big problem with time and there will probably be more than one solution to the problem. It is interesting to think about it and your guess sounds like a possible idea! Thanks for your thoughtful comment and for reading! I appreciate it!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Joelipoo! I am so glad you liked this hub, and I must say that I haven't thought about this before either. It really makes the mind spinning when you start to think about it. Everything we do, leaves traces, both in our real life and in the digital world! Thanks for reading and for the comment!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Jenna Pope, How interesting to know that some leave their accounts open. I can certainly understand that you don't want to erase your bookmark and I know that I would have done the same if I was in your position. But the question remains and for how long are we going to ”follow” them since there isn't going to be so much activity in such an account! This is difficult questions and we must do what feels right for us. In a case like the one you describe there isn't any right or wrong and I don't think anyone will blame you if you do erase your bookmark. Thanks for sharing your experience on a practical problem that will become more usual in the future! I appreciate it!

Best regards

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi CassyLu! Yes, you are so right, we do leave our traces and after a while on Internet the amount of information must be big! It is almost impossible to imagine it! Thanks for reading, sharing and for the comment! I appreciate it!

Tina


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christollesseb 4 years ago from UK ME ASIA

Hi Tina,

What a fantastic Hub! It certainly gives us plenty to think about. Wonderful that you have given us all a reminder that we need to make some arrangements about our cyberspace activities. I did pay $50 over 10 years ago to set up a family site which will continue forever - it is a place to post family pictures of events in a safe place. With working overseas and moving around I keep losing track of stuff so I scan & post them to the site. Other more private stuff I post to various other sites. It is a topic we must all face up to. Have voted this Hub across & up! Thanks again for reminding us to discuss this topic and decide what to do before it is too late!

Cheers, Christo.


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Earthy Mother 4 years ago from South East England

I have often thought this also...I think because the internet is so "young" the proliferation of material on it has not really run into this problem yet...but soon this could be a real issue we all have to face...perhaps soon the likes of Facebook will have a click box to check - "Delete content on expiration of life" and be linked to a significant other's page - who knows?!! :o)


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Joelipoo 4 years ago from Ohio

This is a very interesting hub. I had never really considered these sorts of things. I would not have thought of making preparations for internet things until I read this. Thanks.


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Jenna Pope 4 years ago from Southern California

Fabulous Hub! I had a friend who passed away a few years ago. His accounts online are still open, and I haven't the heart to erase my bookmarks to his site...


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

Very interesting hub! It's amazing how much of our informaiton is really out there. Voted up, useful and Shared among my fellow readers.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Acaetnna! It is important to think about this now and then like we take care of other things in our life. Your comments always brighten up my day and I am so thankful for your constant support! I look forward to share many more hubs with you!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Victoria! I am so glad to see you and I am glad you liked this hub, even if it is a bit depressing! But if we make sure everything is in order we can hope for a long and healthy life! Thanks for reading and for the comment!

Best wishes to you Victoria!

Tina


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

A great hub Tina, it has certainly made me think. Your hubs are always so inspiring. Voting up of course and pressing your buttons too.


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Victoria Stephens 4 years ago from London

Hi thoughtforce, very interesting hub.

I have thought may times about what happens to my online presence. Not only about my presence but about the income I make from it. I'd love my family to still be able to gain the rewards long after I've gone if they can.x


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Pras! I hope so too, and I believe that our writing will remain in some form! I think it is important to think about it now and then, but the most important is to live and keep on writing! I look forward to read your hubs for many, many more years. Thanks Prasetio, I value your votes and your comments very much.

Take care

Tina


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

We may become a legend here and I hope HubPages will never die. Very inspiring hub and thanks for share your thought about this topic. Rated up and take care!

Blessing,


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Alastar, I agree! We meet so many good friends on Internet but it is a friendship with some loose ends. The long distance makes it even more difficult and mostly we only have connection through e-mail or on different sites. When someone disappear it can be for all sorts of causes but we worry of course, and think about the one that are missing. It is a new type of friendship and maybe we must get used to that people come and go in our lives. I do hope all is well with Richawriter and I can understand that you worry about him because of where he is. Try to contact him and see what happens. You are a good friend Alastar and I am so glad to know you! I send you cyber hugs!


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi cclitgirl, I agree! It is uncomfortable to think about this and I personally prefer not do think about the fact that my life must end someday. But once I started to think about it my curiosity took over and I had to find at least some answers! Thanks for reading and I hope we have eons of time left!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi jonmcclusk, I think it is healthy in some way that you haven't thought about this! We are so busy trying to live and living should be our focus. I overheard a discussion on the radio the other day that drew my attention to this subject but I hadn't thought about it at all before that! Thanks for reading and for the comment! Best wishes

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Lyn.Stewart, I think it is good that some sites offers that service and gives the family time to decide what to do. Then we just have to make sure that someone have access to the passwords and other things needed in case they need to. Thanks for the information, I learn so much from all these comments!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi iamuaudraleigh, I have heard about that also, but since I am rather new on FaceBook I haven't experience this myself. It is beautiful in some way though, that their profiles are still there. The profiles may reflect the need to go to a cemetery since many of our friends on Internet is very dear to us. Interesting, and I guess it will develop many different ways to say goodbye to a cyber friend. Humans are humans and we have the same need even if we sit behind our computer screen. Thanks for the thought provoking comment, you gave me something to think about too!

Tina


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Aw, thank you for your reply Tina. It is sad when someone you've gotten to know just ups and disappears. For one thing you worry about them. You know how much I love the Scandinavian people and it's been a blessing becoming friends and writing peers with you Tina. Here's an example about worrying though, not that I've forgotten Mentalist Acer; There's a young teacher named Richawriter on HP who is teaching in Thailand. That country is deadly dangerous for human life right now and a friend told me most of the people there don't like foreigners- the money yes, the peeps no. Anyway, Rick wrote once about a gang jumping him and a pal and now here he just disappears off the site with nary a word a couple months ago. Guess I should try and contact him and might just do it soon. Tack my friend.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

You bring to light something that everyone should think about - even if it's slightly uncomfortable to do so. There is a lot of information out there about us in the digital world, and it's good to keep track of it and also monitor it for safekeeping. Great hub!


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jonmcclusk 4 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

A very interesting idea for a hub, I haven't wondered about this nor made any preparations but I'm going to start.


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Lyn.Stewart 4 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

many sites state how long they will keep inactive accounts before they are deleted from the server.

This still allows family/close friends to save whatever is important to them.

I must admit that I hadn't really given much thought to this so thanks fro opening my eyes


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi eddlemars, Yes, I guess we are many with the same questions about this subject! I am glad to meet you and thanks for the comment and for following me!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Docmo, it is so nice to see you! Interesting to hear that the "imp" and I was thinking about the same thing, I can not wait to read what he/she has to say about this! Thanks for the brilliant and for the votes! I appreciate both, as well as you visit here! I see you in your corner!

Tina


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

I have thought about it since a couple of people I knew have passed away and their profiles still exist on Facebook. I guess people pay tributes to the deceased after they die on their sites.

You wrote a hub that gives us a lot to think about!


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eddiemars 4 years ago from Greenville, SC

Great article! I wrote an article on the same subject over on Seekyt. I'm following.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Tom, I am so impressed to hear that you have solved this already! It also sounds like a great solution. No, we will not need anything after we are dead but I think it can be valuable to our relatives and friends. And you have solved that too! Thanks for the interesting comment, suddenly it doesn't seem to be so difficult, we only need to do it! I am always glad to see you and I value your thoughts and your votes very much Tom,

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi sligobay! Wow, now you have given me something to think about! But it seems to me that this is your idea more than my idea since you have provided me the solutions to my questions! But I agree with you and I think someone, or maybe many people, will make money from this idea because it is a need that is growing. It is interesting though, that every new area we start to use, creates a need for a new area. Thanks for the interesting comment, and I hope we can share our writing for many years to come!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Alastar! No, I don't think I follow him even though I have seen his name and avatar, but not lately. It is so sad when they just disappear, even if we know that this happens from time to time for all kinds of reasons. At first I thought that was one of the positive aspects of writing online, that I could just leave without a word if I wanted to. But with time I feel that I could never do that, there are too many good friends here that I would miss badly if I did! And you are one of them Alastar, I always appreciate your comments! I hope you have a great day over there on the other side of the ocean!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Incomeguru, Yes, I think so too. It makes sense, at least if we make arrangements on other parts of our life. And it is also good since our relatives doesn't have to wonder what we would want them to do with it all! Thanks for the comment and for reading! It it always good to hear what others think about this,

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi ChristyWrites! It sounds so beautiful; "our lifespan of words on the Internet exceed our human lifespan"! Words are powerful, once written down and published, they are out there. We write down the words and hopefully they will live on. Thanks for the beautiful comment and the votes. I appreciate it!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi teaches12345, No, I hope you will stay here forever and share your articles with us! But it is the same with everything in life and we should treat our Internet content in the same way that we take care of things in our real world. Thanks for the votes and the comment

I hope you have a great day!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi justateacher, Yes we should and do what we think is best for us, our family and friends. I all depends on how we feel about it. I have not decided the details yet, but I will do something. Even if we do nothing, at least we have made a choice to do nothing! Thanks for reading and for the positive comment!

Tina


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Tina, Brilliant hub on the subject of vicarious social lives in the wired world. In fact, the 'Imp' just talked about the same subject recently. You have done this so well, aptly illustrated and very well written. voted up!


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Swetankraj, Yes, it is a problem, even if my account is far from valuable in money right now:) But who knows and maybe our thoughts will be more interesting for those left behind. I know that I would like to read the thoughts from a family member that I miss after they have died. Thanks for the visit, for sharing and for the wonderful comment!

Tina


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Tina great hub on a interesting subject, i have everything written down in a notebook for my brother when i am gone. I have asked him to update my status on Facebook from time to time and he may even write some hubs here as well.But for me it just does not matter to me what happens to all my online stuff,i will no longer need it where i will be.

Vote up and more !!!


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi sparkster and thanks for reading and for the comment! I think many of us think about this but for some reason it is a subject which there is still very little discussion about.

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi billy, no, this isn't something we normally think about I guess! But we should think about it, and make the arrangement we think is needed!

Thanks for reading, I always appreciate a visit form you!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Jeyaramd, I agree with you, it is very sad to see a friend on Internet disappear without a word. I guess it is because this is a new problem that haven't been discussed so much before. We need to think about it though. Thanks for the positive comment, I appreciate it!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi T.R. Brown, how interesting! I have heard that the relatives can choose to convert the profile page on Facebook into a memorial page. It sounds like a great idea to me, because some of our Internet friends feels so close and it is sad when they suddenly disappear without a word. I think this will be more and more important since our way of using social network and Internet is changing very fast. It will be yet another problem that has to be solved. Thanks for the interesting information!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi fpherj48! Yes, I guess we do:)) It sounds comforting and at least I know that I won't feel lonely out there in cyber space! Thanks for the wonderful comment, I needed it since this is such a sad subject! I hope all is well and I wish you a great weekend!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi shampa! That was what happened to me to and I couldn't really find good answers. Since our written content on HubPages are copyright work I suppose it will be copyright work also after we are dead. The problem is that we need someone to take care of it all, so therefor it is better to take the necessary step right away even if I hope to live for many years from now! Thanks for the votes and for sharing. I appreciate your visit!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Susan, I didn't think about it either before. And when I searched for the answer I saw that there wasn't so much written about this, so I thought it was a good idea t write a hub and maybe get some answers that way!

Take care and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Spring has definitely come to Sweden this weekend!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Ruchira, I think you are right and I came to that conclusion too. We need to take the necessary step ourselves and protect those accounts which we think are most important. There is so much to think about! I think HubPages is one of those sites where we must take care of it ourselves, since it is our own content.

Thanks for reading, voting, sharing and for adding this information!

Tina


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sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

Hello thoughtforce, a/k/a Tina, a/k/a Christina Lornemark.

This is a useful and interesting Hub and I voted UP. You have formulated an idea which can and should make you some good money and leave a legacy. If you create a copyright repository, all of our copyrighted material can be uploaded into a "bank account" of sorts online and you can name your children as copyright heirs online. One or more children or an heir can be named as trustee who is responsible to assume online identities rather than close accounts when we die. Each account is proof of the date of copyright materials which is lost when an account is closed. A copyright bank account can be used to make continuous deposits simultaneously with publication of each article, image and video. It can be done as simply as posting a tweet to a twitter account. The volume of activity could be MASSIVE. There is no requirement that only one person maintain an online presence and it can be jointly maintained for eternity. There are many details to be worked out but once you have identified a general need like this, there is always a way to monetize it. I would subscribe to a copyright Inheritance site if someone created it. It's your idea and you should take the opportunity to capitalize on it. Best of Luck with the "Immortality" which you have just created. Gerry


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Tina, while it's on my mind, are you followers with Bryan, Mentalist Acer? Haven't seen him on the site in over a month. He just sorta dropped off like you wrote. Do hope he's alright.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

This really is such an important subject. Thank you much Tina for the tips and info. You've written this in your own style which makes it so much more than what one might assume at first with the title. Thanks Tina.


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incomeguru 4 years ago from Lagos

This is a beautiful hub! I once thought about this topic as well. I think we should handle all our accounts, usernames, and passwords the way we protect our WILL, so that the next of kin can continue with them.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What an interesting and useful hub you have written here. We do often forget that the lifespan of words on the Internet exceed our human lifespan.. I vote up


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing this valuable information. I have thought of this before and now I will start to from a plan (not that I plan on leaving soon) to have on file. Voted up!


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

This was good information...makes me think of all the social media and other sites I have and what will happen to earnings from other sites...Guess it is something all of us really have to think about!


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Swetankraj 4 years ago from India

Loved your point of view and is was great to know that what should we do to our million dollar content when life flips the moment and and i was not there. Great idea as well as thought! Voted up and shared socially!!


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sparkster 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Great hub, I have often wondered about this topic.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

That was fascinating Tina; lots here I did not know. Thank you for doing the research and shedding some light on this.


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jeyaramd 4 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

In our times, this is a very important topic to address beforehand with family. Its really sad to see profiles and hubs deleted by family without explanation. Many people may have built relationships with the deceased individual over the course of days or even decades. Thanks for sharing. Its better to see hubs and blogs stay as tributes than have a broken link appear in place of a good friend. Thanks for writing this exceptional hub. Voted up.


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T. R. Brown 4 years ago from Nashville, TN

Thougtforce, I had a friend who died in an auto accident, and he is still on facebook. I occasionally see his profile and it does remind me of him in a very real way. He was also a successful musician and he has some videos on YouTube as well (he also has some professional videos when he was a part of a national act which brings up some different copyright questions I suppose). It is nice to occasionally see him there, but the questions you raise are certainly interesting and worth considering.

Thanks and great hub.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Thoughtforce....You don't know? HUBBERS never die...they simply transition into Cyber Space. No problem.


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shampa sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

Voted up and useful!

It seems that you have written this hub for me. Just few days ago the same question came to my mind and bothered me a lot. As on hubPages we write articles but suppose after the death of a writer will the family receive some kind of royalty of the published work.In real life published work is entitled to royalty even after the death of the writer then what about the internet articles.Thanks to Ruchira for sharing this hub. sharing it too.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Very interesting hub. To be honest with you I've not given this much thought. But I will now.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

A very useful hub, Tina. I agree with so much information online. We should be communicating with our families on that context.

Regarding social media sites...the family informs them and they delete your account when the person has demised. Eg-Facebook.

Regarding the passwords et. al. We still gotta figure that out amongst ourselves.

We should probably send an email to Hubpages admin (do we have one?) and ask what will happen to the content of the author.

voted up and interesting and useful. sharing it with my followers!

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