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Can a 'digital buddy' bring solace to our loved ones?

Everyone who has online assets should consider appointing a digital executor to act for them, advises Claire Currie

20 January 2015

Our most treasured mementoes often have sentimental rather than monetary value. They may be quirky keepsakes from a loved one, a scribbled note, journals, old tunes, or perhaps a photograph.

In the modern age, many of these sentimental possessions are stashed online. Indeed, Facebook’s Year in Review feature, which generated a slideshow of users’ personal content during the Christmas period, is a great example of how our digital and our personal lives are becoming ever more intertwined.

While the feature may have drawn a smile from most as they took a look back over the year, it is also an example of how digital content can have a negative impact, particularly if it includes a loved one who has passed away. At least one Facebook user was left distraught after their Year in Review started with a forgotten image of a loved ...

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