Thursday, January 28, 2010

Emails From Beyond the Grave

Dearly beloved, let me apologize right now for the fact that I won't be posting anything nor responding to your comments or emails after I've passed on to the next life. I don't happen to know when that will be, but whenever it eventually happens (pray that's later rather than sooner), I won't be using services such as this to continue to do virtual business post-expiration. When I've kicked the can, that's it. Finito. Please consider this my advanced apology. On the other hand, should you want to wipe the slate clean of your social media/Web 2.0 profile while you're still among the living, this ought to help you accomplish the task. Now please, go back to whatever you were doing before this interruption.

15 Comments:

At 12:32 PM, Blogger Kass said...

I think it's weird to suppose that we're going to care about any of this trivia when (and if) we're in another realm.

It's called a daughter who knows where your hallowed-out book with all your passwords is - get one (or at least a trusted friend)!

 
At 12:35 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

You said it. I found this downright idiotic. Just geeks enraptured by toys that no one really needs.

 
At 4:26 PM, Blogger Britta said...

Now the social media suicide app is interesting and possibly useful.

 
At 4:30 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Yes, that was shared in a more serious sense, because it looks like there might be wide interest in it.

 
At 5:27 PM, Blogger Diane Vogel Ferri said...

It seems like such a short time ago that I somehow actually existed without the Internet....

 
At 5:47 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

I kinda feel the opposite, Diane. Like not having the web was so long ago that I can barely remember not having it. I do wonder how the hell I got anything done, particularly without email. That just kind of boggles my imagination. That single application alone has to have increased human productivity by a factor of at least 100.

 
At 6:47 PM, Blogger June Calender said...

Is that "productivity" or "inactivity?" Depends on the person, huh?

 
At 8:57 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

It certainly does, June, just like everything else in life.

 
At 8:09 AM, Blogger Gabriela Abalo said...

:)))... I like your perspective!
Well, thank you for sharing that useful information on how to delete all the web traces that I ever even existed. Not so sure if I will use it, but information is power... so one never really knows if tomorrow I may change my mind.

I really enjoy reading your insightful and provocative blog, - I hope you are not going to commit a Web Suicide – it will be very sad indeed.

Looking forward to you next post.
loveNlight
Gabi

 
At 9:13 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Not to fear, Gabi: no web suicides around here. I'll keep at it until I draw my last breath, but not a moment later.

 
At 10:37 AM, Blogger Kim said...

Devil's advocate reporting for duty.

I don't know that it's such a bad idea, but I also pay most of my bills online and each company has different password rules and log in names. We do have a sheet of paper with it all written down, but I can imagine that being a low priority. It would be nice for everything to be frozen with a simple phone call.

However, like the dirtbags who read obituaries and then rob the houses during a funeral, I'm certain there are identity thieves who would exploit the recently deceased's digital information.

Then there is another more private side. I know people who occasionally enjoy the more adult side of the internet, and would certainly not want their children discovering such information. I bet they are a big market for such a service!

 
At 10:59 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

You're right, Kim. Persuasive as always. I was looking at it in a pretty narrow way.

 
At 9:20 PM, Blogger Alanna Klapp said...

I find social media and all it's ramifications (good and bad) fascinating. I could be online all day every day, and I really have to watch and manage my Internet time, which can be difficult. A hiatus every now and then is definitely necessary, I think.

 
At 9:26 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

You're certainly right about that. At a certain age especially, there are few things as important as using our time wisely. And while you haven't reached that age yet, Alanna, I sure have. So it's good you've figured all this out early. It'll stand you in good stead.

 
At 9:47 PM, Blogger Alanna Klapp said...

Ah, probably not as early as you think, but thanks!

 

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