It has recently come to light that constantly being exposed to your Facebook friends’ never-ending stream of high-end, luxurious, completely out of your league vacation photos can (I may be paraphrasing here) make you feel bad about your pathetic little life. Heavy Facebook Use Makes Some People Jealous And Depressed: Study This can be especially true after a particularly bad day at work spent with a spitting, biting, snot-flinging student.
But I digress.
Before the green eyed monster destroys your social media experience altogether, Facebook has created a new feature that is guaranteed to make you feel better about your situation. Although not yet available in Canada, Facebook Legacy enables people to continue their accounts after they die. http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2015/02/adding-a-legacy-contact/ The idea is that the user appoints a legacy contact who would operate the account post-mortem. They won’t have total control. For example they can’t see private messages or post status updates. The private message thing is probably wise. It would be very difficult for an after-life social media spokesperson to carry out their duties if they got annoyed by a message written back in the living years. As for the status update: there’s really only one that would be appropriate.
A legacy contact does have the ability to update the profile picture. Depending on how they choose to handle this responsibility, they could really help to put people’s insecurities in perspective.
“You know? Compared to that decomposing corpse, I’m looking pretty damn good.”
For those friends who constantly compare their lives to everyone else’s (i.e. everybody); the fact that they have a pulse will suddenly be a point of pride.
“I may never have been upgraded to business class, but my heart’s still beating.”
Facebook Legacy’s strangest feature enables the contact to “Respond to new friend requests from family members and friends who were not yet connected on Facebook.” I think that means that people can continue to collect friends after they die, a definite case of shutting the barn door after the horse has gone.