Have you ever wondered what will happen to your social media accounts after you die? There are many Facebook accounts still active that belong to deceased account holders because they left no one in charge to deactivate them after their death. Facebook has given some clear instructions, but not too many people use them. Therefore, there are a lot of unattended Facebook accounts.

Sometimes after a person's death, his social media news feeds continue to be active. Birthdays and other notifications are sent to their followers as if they are still alive.

It is not unusual for automatic requests and other information to continue being posted.

Three ways

Facebook provides three different ways for account holders to make sure something is done with their accounts after their death. One way is the memorialization method. Before you die, you can designate someone to lock and freeze the account forever. Once it is frozen, nothing else can be posted on the page. A second way is the deactivation method. An account holder can request before his death that his account be removed. A third way is for users to give a trusted person their password to take full responsibility for the account. While these are options, some people think they are too morbid to use.

Legacy feature

Unless the legacy feature is set up before a person dies, the account will continue forever. The legacy feature is quick and easy to set up. The step-by-step instructions are on your Facebook page under the settings.

After you click on "manage account" at the bottom of the list, you will be able to type in a friend or family member's name to add as your legacy contact.

The good thing about this option is for the contact to keep your account open for a short time to notify your friends and followers that you have died. It is a fast way to let them know about funeral arrangements in a timely manner.

In a reasonable amount of time, the legacy contact can use his authorization to have your page deactivated and removed.

It is better for you to make the decision before you die instead of leaving it up to someone else. Wouldn't you rather have control over what you want to happen? Unless you do something, your Facebook Page will continue. Having a legacy contact is legal and is like having a will that is honored after your demise.

Are you going to use the legacy feature to make sure your Facebook page and other social media accounts are handled properly after your death?