Do Ghosts Use Twitter?

This morning I flaunted my new Oyster card around as if it were solid gold. Being able to ride on the tube again without paying £4.80 for a single trip was a great feeling.

At work our next task will be to interview one of our co-workers about a talk she gave at a recent UX conference. We watched her talk on YouTube which was about death and our digital legacy. The main focus was on what happens to our digital presence after we die? Facebook offers the option of making your account a memorial and Google has an inactive account manager, but what if you want your account to disappear completely. It turns out it’s almost impossible to delete all the digital traces you leave behind. Most of us have tens or possible hundreds of accounts that we have signed up for with our emails. Many of these websites we never even visit more than once but they still have information that will be left behind forever. Other websites that we’ve used more frequently like Gmail and twitter could have information that we don’t want people to see so it is important that we have some way to make a choice about what happens to it after we’re gone.

Personally, I don’t have any strong preference about what happens to my information because, as far as I’m considered, that information won’t have any effect on me after I’ve died. However, I think it would be nice if my family and friends could still have some kind of access to the photos I have on Facebook, but those photos are also not the most important thing that I’ll be remembered by (at least I hope not).

Once we’ve completed this interview we (most likely me) will take the video and edit it before it is posted on the Tobias and Tobias blog. I’m actually pretty excited about editing the video because that’s a task I can really get lost in. I might be a bit perfectionist about it but it really makes the time go by quickly when I’m splitting the clips, adjusting the audio, and adding in whatever else I see fit. Hopefully that’s what I’ll be doing when I come back to work next week.

Article by Mike Brichta

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  1. Your grandpa Core use to take paper and charcoal to graveyards and make ” rubbings ” of tombstones to record them. There would be name and date of birth and date of death – maybe cause of death. And People use to put poems or sayings and that would be all that was left behind. No digital presence.

    1. That’s really cool. I’m thinking of going to visit Highgate Cemetery so maybe I could do something similar there.

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