Do you know what to do with the online accounts of a loved one after they die? Do you have the information necessary for a loved one of yours to close your accounts after you die? Think of how you would feel if someone you have come to care about online simply disappears, their profile inactive but just sitting there, without any clue of what has happened to them. Do you want to do this to your online friends?
If not, read on and learn what happens to a Myspace account after someone dies, so you can use the information to ensure your Myspace or other online social networking accounts are handled according to your wishes when the time comes for your family to handle your passing or when you have to handle the death of a loved one.
How to Close a Myspace Account When Someone Dies – With Password/Username
If someone close to you dies, and they have a Myspace account, there are two basic ways to close their account. First, if you know their username and password, you can log into Myspace, use the account settings, and queue the Myspace account for deletion. It takes a matter of a few minutes to a few hours for the account to be completed deleted. The account will stay in the cache on the site and in search engines for about a month or so, before it will finally drop off completely.
Before doing this, if you are deleting an account on a loved ones’ behalf, try to notify any friends and groups on Myspace know that the account owner is deceased. Think about it, Wouldn’t you want to know if someone you cared about online had passed away?
How to Close a Myspace Account When Someone Dies – Without Password/Username
If your loved one or family member has not left any account information, usernames or passwords, you’ll be left having to try to get the account deleted through contacting Myspace.
Myspace has a policy on deceased members, and you can find that policy at this link.
At the link, Myspace says, “For the sake of our users’ safety and security, however, we’ll need you to email us proof of death, such as an obituary or death certificate at [email protected] Please write us from your personal email address and tell us how you’re related to the deceased, and include the deceased user’s Myspace friend ID along with your specific request to either delete or preserve the profile, or to remove content.”
It’s important to note that if you do not know the account information of the deceased, Myspace won’t let you or anyone else into the account to edit, change or retrieve anything. All they will do is delete the account on your behalf. That’s why it’s so important to keep a record of usernames and passwords, so that if the unthinkable happens, it’s easier on loved ones to access account information and cancel or close social networking accounts, like those on Myspace.
Make it Easy on Friends and Family: Have a Will
There are online services that allow people to register and safely store all their passwords, account information and more, while determining who can access the information once the account holder has died. Your will and a separate online will are the responsible things to have to help ease the pain and struggle your next of kin will have when dealing with your estate.
A living will, online will and last will and testament are all important in helping family members appropriate carry out your wishes as to what happens to your estate. Online wills detail exactly what you want to happen to your social networking and online accounts.