Have you searched yourself online?

The Internet can be such a wonderful place! There is so much (good) we can do with it, like keeping in touch with family and friends abroad. The amount of information we have at our fingertips is mind-blowing! Not sure how to make old-fashioned rice crispie treats? Just google it. Want to book a holiday, but you’re not sure about the weather, currency, accommodation, etc.? Just google it!

But, it can be pretty scary too.

Have you ever thought about who can see what you share online? – Whether it’s your blog, Instagram, Twitter, Bebo (remember Bebo?) or Facebook profile. Have you thought about the fact that complete strangers or unwanted people can find things out about you simply by googling your name? Think about it for a moment. Google yourself, your partner or a friend and see what comes up – I’m sure you’ll be surprised by how much comes up.

I recently experienced both sides of the coin. On the one hand, someone I really didn’t want to have contact with again found my previous blog. It forced me to close that space because I didn’t feel comfortable there anymore. On the other hand, it allowed me to search for contact information for someone I lost contact with over the years. I simply googled her name and contact details popped up. I’ve emailed her and we are now in touch – isn’t it marvelous?

It got me wondering, what will happen to this space of mine once I’m gone from this Earth? Never mind this space, what about all my online profiles, email accounts, etc.? Some people find comfort in the online presence of their loved ones even after they are gone. I can understand the comfort this could bring, but I also think it could potentially be unhealthy.

I’ll have to give it some thought and decide how I would like my profiles to be managed when I am gone, i.e. whether I want them deleted or not. What are your thoughts? Will you leave your online profiles up or do you have a plan in place for if/when you pass away?

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