Excerpt from The Consumerist: (click for entire article)
The United States government is hip to social networking, and because it knows all about the Facebook and the Twittering, it wants you to be prepared with a social will in the event of your demise. After all, there have been reports of the families of deceased people having trouble gaining access to those kinds of accounts.
In a new post today on the USA.gov blog titled, "How and Why You Should Write a Social Media Will," the government lays it all out. It suggests creating a statement as to how you want your online identity to be handled, sort of like a traditional will.
Choosing a person you can trust as an online executor is the first step. That person will then close any accounts you designate — email addresses, social media profiles, blogs and whatever else.