You’re Going To Die. First, Choose Someone To Manage Your Facebook Profile | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

Now you can give someone power of attorney over your digital life. Today Facebook began letting users select a “legacy contact” who can partially control their Facebook profile after they die.

Previously when you bit the dust, your friends could notify Facebook to lock your profile into a memorial page. But now if you’ve set a legacy contact, that person can pin an announcement to the top of your profile to provide details for memorial services, approve friend requests and change their profile and cover photo.

Alternatively, if you’d rather banish your Facebook profile to the shadow realm alongside your soul, you can tell Facebook to permanently delete your profile when you go to the big social network in the sky.

Facebook product manager Vanessa Callison-Burch tells me that the company’s community operations team that responds to people’s requests to memorialize profiles heard “a number of poignant stories of what a legacy contact needs to do.”

For example, one mother wrote in saying her late daughter’s last profile photo was a cute fish, and she wanted to change it to something more appropriate. Another said their deceased child’s cousins wanted to add her as a friend after she died.

To make sure no one thinks you’re still alive, memorialized profiles now show the label “Remembering” above your name.