Friend the dead on FacebookWhat happens to your data after you die? Facebook allows a legacy contact to manage your account -- with limitations. Google also offers a similar way to pass on your files.
The dead can still friend you on Facebook I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNet update. [MUSIC] When you die your Facebook page can live on in the. Care of a family member or friend. Facebook now lets you assign one person to be in charge of your Facebook page after you die. Facebook calls it a Legacy Contact. And this heir to your page has very limited powers. They cannot post on your behalf. So you won't have someone sending status updates posing as you from beyond the grave. However this legacy contact can put some text above your profile such as a special message or, a memorial service announcement they can change your main profile photo and cover photo and this one's a bit strange they can also. Accept pending friend requests so, if you weren't friends with someone before hey, maybe you could be friends in the afterlife this person does not have the power to delete any photos or change any captions, or delete any posts even messages people write on your page after your gone can't be touched. A benefit to having a Legacy Contact is that the person can download an archive of your photos, posts, and profile information that was shared on Facebook but they cannot see private messages. Until now Facebook would just freeze an account of someone who has died and block that person from being used in advertisements or other notifications. You also don't want other people getting reminders. To wish you a happy birthday. For that to stop someone does need to notify Facebook about your death. You can also request Facebook to delete your account after you're gone. This is actually an important issue these days. You need to think about who gets access to your digital data. Google does something similar. If you've been inactive on your Google accounts for a specified amount of time you can grant someone access to your data, like what's in your Picasa web albums, your. For YouTube account and Gmail, you just can't send emails from their account anymore. It's a good conversation to have with a loved one. I mean, it's Valentines Day coming up, you're sitting there together with a nice glass of wine. It's easy to just break the ice and say Honey,. I love you so much. Will you be my inactive account manager? Or, you know, you could just keep a password book and give it to someone in your will. And speaking of love. Yes, I'm gonna transition to a happier topic. Best Buy has launched its own wedding registry. By April, we'll start to see wedding registry. Kiosks in stores encouraging couples to adorn their new home together with flat panel TV's, iPad's and Nest thermostats and if you get gifts that you want to resell Facebook added new tools to sell your stuff on the social network. There are many groups on the network where people and neighborhoods post stuff for sale, but Feast will create a special post just for selling. And that includes a price, a pickup and delivery location, and you mark when it's sold. It doesn't have a way to pay through Facebook, but you know that's gonna be the next step. That's your tech news update, and there's always more at cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.