Okay. If you’re reading this you haven’t “logged out of life” yet.
Let’s face it, our online lives have become complex enough for Google to release a feature that enables users to control what happens to their data after they die. For example, what we share on Google+, Cloud Storage, YouTube, or Picasa is a lot more involved nowadays than pictures of the family pet or snapping “Bambi” eating your azaleas.
“The feature is called Inactive Account Manager” and I agree with Google that it’s not a great name but it is a great idea. You can follow the link above or find it on your Google Accounts settings page. Once there you can let Google know what to do with your Gmail messages, as well as, the data from several other services.
For example, you can choose to have your data deleted after three, six, nine or 12 months of inactivity.
Or, you can select someone to receive data from some or all of the following services:
- Contacts and Circles
- Google+ Profiles,
- Pages and Streams
- Picasa Web Albums
- Google Voice and YouTube
Google says: “Before our systems take any action, we’ll first warn you by sending a text message to your cell phone and email to the secondary address you’ve provided.”