Well, the ancient Egyptians and other ancient or older cultures have taken their belongings with them, but your internet life and persona? That’s something you can’t take to the grave with you. Or rather you couldn’t until now.
It has been reported via The Verge that Google’s Inactive Account Manager will have your back in the account that you should happen to die or go missing. On their Public Policy Blog, Google mentioned that they “…hope that this new feature will enable you to plan your digital afterlife…”
When a user sets up their Google Inactive Account Manager, they can set the length of time the account must be out of use before it alerts to a maximum of ten trusted love ones, business partners, friends, or whomever—random people who could find your Google+ account useful maybe—to inform them of how to go forward with your account. Users will also have the option to burn their accounts. This means deleting everything they have on Google sites—Youtube videos, Google Voice, the cherished Google+ profiles—everything.
It’s interesting that Google has thought of this. Someone must have sat there at the meetings they have concerning services and mentioned that handling digital lives a real world death is extremely important. This writer likes to think that same person gave some sort of spectacular picture of a digital landscape where inactive accounts dot the landscape like dilapidated houses and a population sign reads zero.
Facebook and Twitter still give grieving loved ones a bit of grief when it comes to handling a lost loved one’s account, so this is a breath of fresh air even if it’s something that might not have been the highest of priorities. Of course there’s always the chance that this could be misused by jokers, but as it stands it’s a pretty good idea. It really shows that a company isn’t just thinking of the immediate, but also of the unknown and even the future.
Will you be using Google’s Inactive Account Manager?