Death in the Time of Social Media

I was riding a taxi on a way to a training with a partner. And I had a rather interesting thought when I felt the car going full speed. Such taxi thoughts merited a status update on Facebook, of course.


My Facebook friends were rather impressed with the driver and the fact that he did fulfill my request about arriving on time for the training.

What If?

Still, I couldn’t let go of the fact that one day, it might actually happen. I just might die.

The important question now: Who shall inherit the wonderful musings of Fleire Castro? (haha)

Or to put it simply – Dang it! What would happen to my Facebook account?!

These were things that I didn’t really think about. But then while I was studying today, I came across an interesting fact about Facebook – You can actually assign someone to manage your account for you if and when you pass away.

Facebook and Legacy Contacts

Facebook launched a Legacy Contact feature. With this, you can assign someone to handle your account in case you pass away.

A legacy contact is someone you choose to manage your account after you pass away. They’ll be able to do things like pin a post on your Timeline, respond to new friend requests, and update your profile picture. They won’t post as you or see your messages.



As mentioned above there is only so much your legacy contact can do. They can do the following:

  • Write a pinned post for your profile (ex: to share a final message on your behalf or provide information about a memorial service)
  • Respond to new friend requests (ex: old friends or family members who weren’t yet on Facebook)
  • Update your profile picture and cover photo

You can read more about this here:

Hey! You’re My Legacy Contact!

I was setting up my Legacy Contact and learned I can only choose one person (the article I saw actually showed 3 contacts). Knowing that my kid and my dearest husband do not have Facebook accounts, I turned to one person that I know would the best person to take care of my account – my sister.

Facebook sent a pre-made message which I just pressed send.

Immediately, my sister got the message and thought it was spam. LOL. After explaining to her though, she understood it to be more of a last will or testament. Today, she also learns that she inherits my selfies and my rants on Facebook.


Famous Last Words

Now that I have a Legacy Contact, it’s time to think of last tweets. Really now? It’s so creepy thinking about it.

(Although this is not the first time that I posted about last tweets.)

Thinking about it, Jam of JaMich died yesterday. And his famous last message – “Oo Laban” – has been posted, shared, and commented on a lot of times on Facebook.


Also looking back at the recent death of Leonard Nimoy who lived long and prospered, there will always be tweets and last words.

How about you? What might be your famous last words? Would it even be posted on Facebook or Twitter?

Or would it be simply taken to the grave with you.

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