We’re here on Earth for a shot time and somehow, we never cease to exist even if we actually don’t. And because the validity of our existence is proved by the way we breathe in and out on the social media, something had to happen in order to make us infinite even there, on the network. And it did: Facebook has launched a feature that will help you keep the chin high even if you don’t walk on the same earth as your friends anymore. Even if it does sound e little bit morbid, the Facebook engineers believe that it is useful and fair, taking into consideration that those that you have accepted to be in your friends list should know that such an unhappy event has happened to you. And because someone obviously can’t manage their Facebook account post mortem, there has been created the “Legacy Contact”: that special someone that will be able to enter into your account and announce your passing, as well as memorialize your life in the most beautiful and proper manner possible. So there you have it: Facebook lets a “Legacy Contact” manage your account and celebrate your life, rather than your death.
The Facebook team has wrote about it in a blog post.
“Until now, when someone passed away, we offered a basic memorialized account which was viewable, but could not be managed by anyone. By talking to people who have experienced loss, we realized there is more we can do to support those who are grieving and those who want a say in what happens to their account after death.”
The designation of a legacy contact is easy: the person you choose must be part of the friend list and must have his/her personal account active at all times. A close friend or a spouse is the best idea for this task. The procedure is identical on a Facebook app downloaded for a smartphone or a tablet, as well as it is on a website on PC or laptop.
Vanessa Callison-Burch, a Facebook product manager, gave an interview in the Wednesday ahead of the announcement.
“For example, there was a mom who reached out to us and said her daughter passed away, and there were two cousins who weren’t yet connected to her on Facebook.”
The first step is entering into your Facebook account, in the Settings section, where the Security button is found. This is the place to be, in order to follow the next steps and fulfill the unpleasant, but yet somehow very honoring task. The second step finds the Legacy Contact right there in Security. In the Choose a friend field, you should start typing the name of the person that you want to appear as the legacy holder. Obviously, being a part of Facebook, the “friend” is the tag that everybody in your list of people has, so try to find someone close, who really knows you well and can deal with such a situation. Also, a relative is an option, but maybe it should be someone that knows all those Facebook inside materials and options and some of the elderly don’t always manage to deal with every small feature newly appeared. There will be a notification message that will find a way into your preferred contact’s message box, and the notification can be modified: formal or friendly and kind, it’s up to you and your humor to decide. Then, the Send button will direct it where it belongs.
The Data Archive Permission Box allows the contact to download posts, photos, videos, or other content from your account, but the private messages remain private and therefore, they are forever gone.
In the case of the passing by of someone, this certain chosen contact will have to inform Facebook and submit a memorialization request that has to be approved. If it is, the friends of family member will be able to post on your Timeline, change the profile or cover picture and update your status.
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