What Happens To ‘Your Online Self’ When You Die?

When I was a kid, I had this thought about what happens when we die. Did you have that too? Though science has advanced a lot, the human race are yet to be immortal. And I’d say this knowledge, the knowledge that our life will end a day, makes us live better enjoying every moment and valuing the gifts we’re given.

Btw, I’m no longer concerned about what happens after. I might have acquired some knowledge while growing up. But I’m concerned about something else now. A different problem that our ancestors didn’t have. As you know most of the people around the globe spend a lot of time online. They create another self online, which lets them connect to the world with a click. The best of our time, isn’t it?

Alright. But what happens to our online identity once we die? Have you ever thought about that?

A few weeks ago, I called a friend of mine and asked him what should I do to make sure someone else takes care of the stuff I’m working on (my work is completely online) once my time is over. Especially my online identities and etc. Since my brother or close friends are not much into what I’m doing, I was really confused. What he advised is to prepare a will with whatever information that’s required to take care of everything I do online and nominate someone who can have it after my time. I still haven’t figured it out. Have you?

Well, there maybe people who would just say ‘anyway we’re dead why bother?’. But I don’t think that’s a good decision. It’s better we do something about this. What am I going to do? I don’t know, maybe I will find the right way to do it later. But for now, I’m thinking to have a clean offline writing that’s understandable for my family/friends with whatever details required to take care of my online self.

Take a look at this infographic. This will give you a better idea about what I’m talking about and how to deal with it. I hope it helps you to be prepared for you digital afterlife.

Digital Afterlife Infographic

I’d love to know what you think about it and your approach to handle this. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

If you prefer to see infographics than traditional articles, here is a list of infographics I’ve shared recently. Click on the image to see the full post.


Infographic Source: WhoIsHostingThis.com

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3 Responses so far.

  1. Ali G. says:

    Wow..! What an interesting & deep read. Interesting stats too.

    -Ali G.

  2. Is it morbid to think about this? No. It is true that if we have any true community we may wonder how they will be looked after or told of our passing. Lots to think about here and I hope to revisit it later. certainly not ready to take action right now.

  3. Des says:

    Your infographics are fantastic Mervik.

    I had a major heart attack nearly two years ago and I had about twenty websites online and a hard drive with hundreds of courses worth thousands. I lost all my websites as my credit card expired when I was in Cardiac ICU and I wasn’t even aware of what was going on!! This meant my hosting account was not paid and I lost all of that work. And no, I had not backed them up – terrible lesson to learn!

    I now also wonder about this and I think you have brought up something really worth thinking about if you have a huge online following and web properties!

    Well done Mervik – I need to get back to thinking about this – thanks for the reminder!

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