Like After Death

Carma Levene // 15th May 2015

Facebook now allows you to add a legacy contact in Australia, so you can allocate someone to take over your Facebook account upon your demise. This feature has been available for some time in the US and has just been rolled out to Australian users.

You can choose whether to memorialise your account – leaving it open as a “place” where friends and family can reminisce, look at photos and leave messages in memory of you; or close the account altogether.

According to this Mashable article, Facebook has announced the features the legacy contact can access are:

  • pinning a post on your profile
  • responding to friend requests
  • update your profile picture
  • update for cover photo.

They will not be able to log into your account, see private messages or edit anything from your past.

I previously wrote a blog post on this subject, before this development, more from the perspective of how running a profile from a deceased person will look from the outside. How do you think you would feel if you saw a profile photo change in your newsfeed of a friend you knew was deceased? I’m not sure if this would be a pleasant reminder of my friend or something to trigger the waterworks…you can read it here.

Who would you leave your Facebook profile to?

If you are interested in allocating someone as a legacy contact to your profile now head to your settings>security>legacy contact and select the person from your friends list.

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Carma Levene

Freelance Social Media Specialist at Carma The Social Chameleon
Carma is a Freelance Social Media Specialist, helping Perth businesses negotiate social media to achieve their goals. She is always reading, always learning and loves SMPerth events as a source of valuable information - with the added bonus of meeting cool people with common interests.


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