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Facebook Legacy Contact Allows You To Choose The Way To Manage Your Account After You Die

Facebook Legacy Contact Allows You To Choose The Way To Manage Your Account After You Die

Facebook Legacy Contact is an incredibly useful tool. In order to better preserve the memory of someone who died and prepare an online memorial for them, Facebook introduced the feature that prepares a user for what their Facebook page will be like after they die, even if that death is unexpected. Here is some information on the service that is expected to make big waves.

1. Impetus

Facebook Legacy Contact was launched amidst requests from users who had lost a friend or loved one. There are plenty of people out there who want to have some level of control over the account of someone they’re close to who passed away. The reasons why are numerous, but most of them revolve around the wish to create an online memorial for the deceased so that others can pay tribute to them in a place their tribute will be seen. That was technically possible before Facebook Legacy Contact, but the service allows loved ones to take further measures to make a fitting memorial for the person who passed.

2. Availability

At the moment Facebook Legacy Contact is only available in the United States, but Facebook’s plan is to expand it worldwide.

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3. Uses

There are a few things you can do with the new Facebook Legacy Contact service. The power of it lies initially in the hands of the original user. Before they passed away, they should have updated their Security settings (which we’ll show you how to do later) so that their account is automatically deleted or passed on to someone else once they’re deceased.

If they choose to let someone manage their account after their death, that person can write a post that’s pinned to the top of the Facebook page, usually something like a memorial or some other kind of special message. They can also respond to friend requests from those who weren’t already connected to the account of the person who passed away.

They can also update the user’s profile picture and cover photo in case what was there when the user died doesn’t properly convey the kind of person they would have wanted to be represented as.Lastly, the contact is able to download all the shared posts, photos and more from the deceased’s Facebook page. The Facebook Legacy Contact is not allowed to delete anything the original user had shared through Facebook before their death.

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4. How to use it

Facebook Legacy Contact is incredibly simple to use. First, open your settings. Choose Security and then Legacy Contact at the bottom of the page.

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      Once you choose a legacy contact, you will be able to send a message to that person explaining what the service is and what you’d like the other person to do if you die.

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        You can give permission for your legacy contact to download an archive of your shared posts, photos and general Facebook profile.

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          Facebook also redesigned memorialized profiles by adding “Remembering” above the name of the deceased and has made it an option for the legacy contact to pin a post to the top of your Timeline.

          5. Criticism

          The biggest concern seems to be that Facebook Legacy Contact doesn’t do enough. A major concern of friends and family of the deceased is that their loved one has embarrassing things on Facebook that they want removed. Unless those things were contained to only the profile picture and cover photo, they won’t be able to remove it. That’s for the protection of the individual who died, but it’s still a definite hindrance.

          6. Controversies

          It’s too early for there to be any controversies surrounding Facebook Legacy Contact, considering how new it is, but there’s a chance that some individuals may misuse or abuse the new feature. I don’t know in what way they would go about that, but it’s a possibility. We’ll have to wait and see on that and the legacy of Facebook Legacy Contact.

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          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

          Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

          Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

          Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

          So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

          Joe’s Goals

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            Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

            Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

            Daytum

              Daytum

              is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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              Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

              Excel or Numbers

                If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                Evernote

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                  I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                  Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                  Access or Bento

                    If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                    Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                    You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                    Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                    All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                    Conclusion

                    I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                    What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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