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Almost without realizing it, we have stopped saving our memories in photo albums, home movies, and letters, and have transitioned to almost total digital storage of such assets and information. Bank statements and credit card bills that we used to receive by mail and file away are now stored and accessed on the internet. If we don’t take steps to make all this information available to our heirs, our personal legacies could be lost forever. Written by the creators of thedigitalbeyond.com, this book explains the challenges, and offers solutions to make sure survivors can have access to this valuable material. It also explores different online memorial sites, which can do everything from notifying your email list when you die, to providing a place where survivors can post their memories.
John Romano and Evan Carroll are the founders of TheDigitalBeyond.com, 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.