Your Digital Afterlife (Paperback)

When Facebook, Flickr and Twitter Are Your Estate, What's Your Legacy? (Voices That Matter)

By Evan Carroll, John Romano

New Riders Publishing, 9780321732286, 203pp.

Publication Date: November 25, 2010

List Price: 34.99*
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Almost without realizing it, we have shifted toward an all-digital culture. Future heirlooms like family photos, home movies, and personal letters now exist only in digital form, and in many cases they are stored using popular services like Flickr, YouTube, and Gmail. These digital possessions form a rich collection that chronicles our lives and connects us to each other. But have you considered what will happen to your treasured digital possessions when you die?

Unfortunately the answer isn't as certain as we might presume. There are numerous legal, cultural, and technical issues that could
prevent access to these assets, and if you don't take steps to make them available to your heirs, your digital legacy could be lost forever.

Written by the creators of, this book helps you secure your valuable digital assets for your loved ones and
perhaps posterity. Whether you're the casual email user or the hyper-connected digital dweller, you'll come away with peace of
mind knowing that your digital heirlooms won't be lost in the shuffle.

"Death is the final frontier of cyberspace--and this book provides a road map to the key issues, problems and future prospects for bridging this ultimate transition with dignity, security and grace."
-- Daniel "Dazza" Greenwood, Executive Director of the eCitizen Foundation

"To be ahead of one's time usually means stepping to the side of one's time in order to see it clearly. This book does just that, putting our digital lives and afterlives into sharp focus. Fascinating."
-- David Eagleman, neuroscientist and author

About the Author

John Romano and Evan Carroll are the founders of, a leading online resource that explores death and digital legacy. As researchers and speakers, they are devoted to helping individuals secure their digital assets for posterity. Their work has been covered by CNN, NPR, The New York Times, Obit Magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, and The Austin Chronicle. With backgrounds in design and information science, together they have over twenty years' experience making the web a more useful and enjoyable place.

Coverage from NPR