Protecting social media accounts in death: Experts offer advice

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Think about how much time you spend on social media. Think of all of your photos, videos, memories. All of those posts, notes you've written, tweets you've tweeted. Have you thought about what should happen to them when you're no longer with us?

Experts say that question is becoming more and more important.

Evan Carroll is the author of Your Digital Afterlife. His mission is to get people talking about what they want to see happen to their digital domain.

Randi Belisomo is a reporter at WGN-TV, but she's also the creator of a non-profit group called Life Matters. They provide support for people involved with end of life decision-making. Randi lost her husband in 2010, CLTV political reporter Carlos Hernandez Gomez. Carlos loved social media and he left a Facebook page and Twitter account behind.

Both Randi and Evan agree the best bet is to get yourself a will and make your wishes known there, and at the very least, start talking with the close people in your life about what you want to see happen to all of your assets - digital and otherwise.

As for what you can do with your accounts right now?  Google has an Inactive Account Manager that lets you decide what happens to your account should it go inactive for a period of time. And just last week, Facebook launched a similar feature called Legacy Contacts.

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