has written an article, published online on ComputerWorld, which asks the questions: When people plan for their death, they make sure
their homes, cars and money are left to someone. But what about their
Facebook page? A San Francisco company, Legacy Locker, is slated to launch their digital estate planning service in April.
"We see Legacy Locker filling a serious unmet
need considering the modern, digital lifestyle," said Jeremy Toeman,
founder of Legacy Locker. "[M]ost Web-based companies have no provision for
managing your account in the event of your passing." He further suggests that the assets we create online these days like Flickr,
multiple email addresses, and PayPal accounts, have real,
significant value to the user and the user's family."
Social networks continue to grow in the US and around the world, resulting in a lot of
personal pages out there that will have to be dealt with someday.
According to Nielsen Online, social networks, like Facebook and Myspace, have replaced e-mail as the
fourth most popular online product. Social networking sites now are
used by two-thirds of all online users worldwide.
launched Legacy Locker, which will work directly with
consumers or with estate planners, after the death of his grandmother, an avid
e-mailer and online Bridge player. The family found that it had no way
to access her accounts or respond to her emails.
"Users enter online account information,
like logins and passwords to e-mail, photo sharing accounts or social
networking sites, into their 'locker' and then assign each one a
beneficiary. When the user dies, the information is digitally delivered
to the appropriate beneficiary.
Users also are able to leave what the company
calls Legacy Letters, which will be sent to friends, family or
co-workers upon their death."
The service is scheduled to launch in April. Free trial accounts will be available, while
paid programs will cost US$29.99 per year or US$299.99 for a lifetime.
SOURCE FOR POST: ComputerWorld