What happens to social profiles after you die?

For a while, the topic of what happens to your social media presence after you die has been something of a quandary, with graveyards of Facebook profiles and ceased Twitter accounts littering the web.

But in a particularly poignant recent example, one blogger prepared a short piece to be published posthumously, an extract of which follows below:

Here it is. I’m dead, and this is my last post to my blog. In advance, I asked that once my body finally shut down from the punishments of my cancer, then my family and friends publish this prepared message I wrote—the first part of the process of turning this from an active website to an archive.

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May 10th, 2011