Your Digital Afterlife: When Facebook, Flickr and Twitter Are Your Estate, What's Your Legacy?

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Almost without realizing it, we have shifted toward an all-digital culture. Future heirlooms like family photos, home movies, and personal letters now exist only in digital form, and in many cases they are stored using popular services like Flickr, YouTube, and Gmail. These digital possessions form a rich collection that chronicles our lives and connects us to each other. But have you considered what will happen to your treasured digital possessions when you die?

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Overview

Almost without realizing it, we have shifted toward an all-digital culture. Future heirlooms like family photos, home movies, and personal letters now exist only in digital form, and in many cases they are stored using popular services like Flickr, YouTube, and Gmail. These digital possessions form a rich collection that chronicles our lives and connects us to each other. But have you considered what will happen to your treasured digital possessions when you die?

Unfortunately the answer isn’t as certain as we might presume. There are numerous legal, cultural, and technical issues that could prevent access to these assets, and if you don’t take steps to make them available to your heirs, your digital legacy could be lost forever.

Written by the creators of TheDigitalBeyond.com, this book helps you secure your valuable digital assets for your loved ones and perhaps posterity. Whether you’re the casual email user or the hyper-connected digital dweller, you’ll come away with peace of mind knowing that your digital heirlooms won’t be lost in the shuffle.

“Death is the final frontier of cyberspace—and this book provides a road map to the key issues, problems and future prospects for bridging this ultimate transition with dignity, security and grace.”
— Daniel “Dazza” Greenwood, Executive Director of the eCitizen Foundation

“To be ahead of one’s time usually means stepping to the side of one’s time in order to see it clearly. This book does just that, putting our digital lives and afterlives into sharp focus. Fascinating.”
— David Eagleman, neuroscientist and author

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321732286
  • Publisher: New Riders
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Series: Voices That Matter Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 605,319
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John Romano and Evan Carroll are the founders of TheDigitalBeyond.com, a leading online resource that explores death and digital legacy. As researchers and speakers, they are devoted to helping individuals secure their digital assets for posterity. Their work has been covered by CNN, NPR, The New York Times, Obit Magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, and The Austin Chronicle. With backgrounds in design and information science, together they have over twenty years’ experience making the web a more useful and enjoyable place.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
1. Introducing the Digital Afterlife

Your Digital Life, Death, and Beyond

2. The Shift to Digital
3. A Well-Lived (Digital) Life
4. The Artifacts of Your Life
5. The Value of Digital Things
6. What You Leave Behind
7. The Opportunity of Digital Legacy
8. Your Legacy at Risk
9. The Birth of an Industry

Securing Your Digital Legacy

10. Before You Begin
11. Computers and Devices
12. Email
13. Social Websites
14. Finance and Commerce
15. Create Your Plan

Epilogue: The Future of Digital Death

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Quintessential Resource for Estate Planning in the Digital Age

    Quintessential Resource for Estate Planning in the Digital Age

    Anyone considering making or in the process of creating a will should get this book and explore the additional resources that Carroll and Romano have provided beyond their careful tour of your digital life. The authors take an honest and easily digestible look at the complex digital world. Not only do they examine the current situation of individuals amassing a constantly-growing collection of digital assets, but they simply it and walk you though ways to evaluate your options for the future. It's simple to recognize that we had no need to consider the preservation of our digital assets in the (not so distant) past. They didn't exist until recently, but in many cases, like digital photography, we want to be able to pass along these precious memories and records to the future generations - much in the same way you may have inherited the cherished family photo album. But what you may not realize, and what the authors illustrate, is that some of your digital assets are being archived and preserved whether you want them to be or not. Bottom line: Your Digital Afterlife is a must read for anyone with any sort of online element to their life. (And, yes, that includes personal email accounts and Facebook profiles.)

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