Planning Your Digital Afterlife: Facebook’s New ‘Legacy Contact’

Kyle Krajewski
February 13, 2015

Scary but true: it’s been estimated that in 100 years, there will be over 500 million DEAD people on Facebook.

So, what it sounds like to me, is that Facebook could end up looking a little more like a digital graveyard in the future than a social network with all of these Facebook ghosts floating around and our idle accounts waiting for our next post, unknowing that they’re actually acting as our digital headstones.

Although this reality may seem a little morbid and insensitive to talk about—it’s an inevitable one that I’m sure plenty of us have thought about: what’s going to happen to my Facebook page after I die?

Someone over at Facebook must have finally taken this issue into account because now we can choose a legacy contact to handle our Facebook page in our digital afterlives—whether that be allowing them to delete your account entirely or to continue maintaining your social presence.

Why would you want to do that? I know I wouldn’t want someone rooting around my private messages even if I’ve passed away.

So, really, why would you want to do that? Well, for one, this person won’t be given access to your messages. But here’s really why—along with best online casino everything else you need to know about Facebook’s legacy contact feature:

First of all, your legacy contact will/will not be able to do the following CAN DO’s and CAN’T DO’s while turning your page into a more proper “digital gravestone”:

Sounds pretty safe, right? So here’s how you assign your legacy contact:

  1. Click in the top right of Facebook and select Settings
  2. In the left menu, click Security
  3. Click Legacy Contact
  4. Type in a friend”s name and click Add
  5. Click Message to let your friend know they”re now your legacy contact

Now—when it comes to who you’re going to assign as your legacy contact—well, that’s the easy part. Choose your closest friend, your significant other, your kids, your mom— Actually, on second thought—scratch that. Definitely don’t choose your mom. It will only upset her and you know it. You’re smarter than that!

But seriously—this is a useful feature to keep in mind. For the time being, it looks like your embarrassing Myspace page is the only terrorizing social media ghost you’ll have to worry about posthumously. I wish all of you the healthiest, longest, and most prosperous lives you can live—but, just in case, go ahead and assign yourself a legacy contact.