Web Watch: What Happens to Your Online Photos When You Die?

Here's a good question I've never really thought much about: What happens to images you've posted on websites or social networking sites after you die? Will they live online forever? And if so, is that a kind of wonderful immortality, or is it creepy? This story on techradar.com has some info on the subject. If I read it correctly, your images on Facebook may stay around for a long time even if you go to that big darkroom in the sky.

Here's a good question I've never really thought much about: What happens to images you've posted on websites or social networking sites after you die? Will they live online forever? And if so, is that a kind of wonderful immortality, or is it creepy?
This story on techradar.com has some info on the subject. If I read it correctly, your images on Facebook may stay around for a long time even if you go to that big darkroom in the sky. (Facebook accounts remain active unless you deactivate them, so theoretically your grandkids will be able to post images of themselves on your wall, even while you're in the grave.)
According to the story, Flickr accounts are in theory supposed to die when you do. But in reality your account will remain on the web if there is occasion activity on it.--David Schonauer