If you've ever experienced the awfulness of a friend or relative passing away, yet their Facebook or Twitter account remaining online because there's no way of shutting it down, then a social media will might sound like a good idea to you.
All sorts of questions regarding the compromising of privacy, encouraging hacking and so on are raised should you ever share your log-in details with someone else. But how else to deal with the possibility of years after your best friend died young, Facebook is still sending you alerts about his or her birthday, for example?
Facebook now allows members to set up a legacy contact, allowing its user to nominate someone who will decide whether their page is shut down, or kept online as a memorial page to the deceased. You can also download the entire contents offline so that your family can remember your photos and so forth offline, Google, meanwhile, might not hand over access to family members without a court order, to protect the privacy of people who had been in correspondence with the email account holder. However, you can also set up an inactive account manager, who might be notified if your account hasn't been used in some time. Twitter reserves the right to keep high-profile accounts active after the death of the original owner, with the possibility that the account might use artificial intelligence to continue tweeting.