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30 March 2013 @ 04:27 pm
Social Will reminder  
Three years ago, an online friend was murdered. I didn't find out for over a month, because the family didn't know who to contact online. Because today would be that friend's birthday, here is a social will reminder.

http://ashi.livejournal.com/167634.html

I found out through a web search, because I knew my friend's legal last name. I was lucky to figure it out. People disappear from online communities every day without a trace. If you want your online friends to know in case something happens, consider a social will.

Mine is pretty simple. I wrote down a list of forums, blogs, and IRC channels I frequent, and also contact info for some of my friends there, and gave it to my son. There are also websites set up with instructions or even notification systems. Here are a few instructional links:

http://blog.usa.gov/post/22261234875/how-and-why-you-should-write-a-social-media-will
http://aussiestorageblog.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/updating-your-social-will/
http://www.watoday.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/what-happens-to-your-facebook-when-you-die-20111220-1p3b3.html#content
 
 
 
某Asa: Simple Lifeasaphira_sachi on March 30th, 2013 11:33 pm (UTC)
I've lost contact with so many people I used to talk to online and don't even know if their contacts are the same. It's a surreal thought...Thanks for the links.

Edited at 2013-03-30 11:33 pm (UTC)
ashi: arrrr!ashi on March 30th, 2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
I still talk to Sara all the time. We even have an LJ community. :)
Enikoenichan on March 31st, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
I still tear up every time I'm reminded of Thassa. :(

I'd also add that it might be good to have your real world affairs in order too, collected in a single well marked file. I know from experience that you don't want the people taking care of your estate to have to go through your most private belongings looking for some document or other.