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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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          Last Updated on October 16, 2019

          11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

          11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

          Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

          Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

          Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

          In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

          1. ScheduleOnce

            ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

            ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

            ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

            Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

            Available on Web

            2. Calendly

              Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

              You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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              Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

              3. Assistant.to

                For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                Available on Web

                4. Acuityscheduling

                  Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                  It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                  5. Pick

                    Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                    At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                    Available on Web

                    6. X.ai

                      For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                      This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                      Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                      Available on Web

                      7. YouCanBook.me

                        is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                        They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                        Available on Web

                        8. Doodle

                          Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                          It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                          You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                          While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                          Available on Web | iOS | Android

                          9. WhenAvailable

                            WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                            Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                            Available on Web

                            10. Rally

                              Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                              Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                              Available on Web

                              11. NeedtoMeet

                                Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                Available on Web

                                Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                The Bottom Line

                                Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

                                Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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