OFFICIAL BLOGHER '10 LIVEBLOG: Your Blog's Living Will - How to Control Your Digital Legacy

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Welcome to the liveblog of the BlogHer '10 panel: Geek Lab: Your Blog's Living Will - How to Control Your Digital Legacy Click here for more info.

This panel starts Saturday, August 7 at 1:30 pm and ends at 2:45 pm Eastern time.

Do you know what will happen to your blog, your Facebook page, your Twitter account, or any other element of your online presence if something should happen to you? We often talk about women building new histories that honor their day-to-day lives via blogs, but how will that legacy be preserved for posterity? Or, conversely, how do you make sure that certain elements are not preserved? In this session, Rosemary Jean-Louis and Kristen Kuhns walk you through current privacy issues, such as what happens if you are no longer around to respond to comments on your blog or social networking status updates. We’ll discuss which internet archival systems exist, what you’ve already agreed to have archived online (even though you may not be aware that you did), how to take inventory of your digital life, and what you should do with them to define and create what you want your digital legacy to be.

This panel starts Saturday, August 7 at 1:30 pm and ends at 2:45 pm Eastern time.

Do you know what will happen to your blog, your Facebook page, your Twitter account, or any other element of your online presence if something should happen to you? We often talk about women building new histories that honor their day-to-day lives via blogs, but how will that legacy be preserved for posterity? Or, conversely, how do you make sure that certain elements are not preserved? In this session, Rosemary Jean-Louis and Kristen Kuhns walk you through current privacy issues, such as what happens if you are no longer around to respond to comments on your blog or social networking status updates. We’ll discuss which internet archival systems exist, what you’ve already agreed to have archived online (even though you may not be aware that you did), how to take inventory of your digital life, and what you should do with them to define and create what you want your digital legacy to be.

This session was live-blogged by @momisageek Blogging at this blog

Speakers are Rosemary and Kristen who found out about the possible downside of the Internet that forgets nothing.

What happens when your blog stops

Case Study - Dorthea Lange

Dorthea was proud of her family, but by being the face of the Great Depression she was

Case Study - the Afghan Girl
Picture of an afghan girl with arresting eyes, is named Sharbat Gula. Years later the magazinesand took a second looked her up photo. She now looks 20 years older than her actual age. She is not in control of who uses her photo.
here are the

Where are the life stores

  • Most of us won't make it into the history books
  • Who from our era>
  • what will the information policies be


It is now harder to leave your Internet footprint behind. Moving to a new town may not mean you start over.

Digital Inventory

Where have you been online? What email accounts, blogs, comment, ping sites, Location sharing sites, your websites, websites that have quoted you, website you've commented on or joined.
Also think about gaming sites, reservation sites, online newspapers

Ways to find yourself digitally: Search engines, online reputation mgt companies and online identity thesft mgt companies.
Detailed article at www.thegeektreatment.com

Reputation scrubbers don't have a proven track record, and need to check to see if they are doing the job

Why preserve your Digital Legacy

You want to tell your story, not let someone else tell it. Think about you want to keep and what you do not want to keep.

Centralize your Digital Identity>

Consolidate your logins with OpenID or using Facebook Connect.

Be familiar with the privacy settings. Make sure you know what happns your information when you pass on. Does it stay or does it go?

www.datainherit.com is an online valut that contains your online will and testament with your userids and passwords. Your assets can be entrusted to someone els. Your family can get to your social media connections.

Question: If I already have a will, do I need a separate digital legacy?
Answer: Add instructions for the digital legacy to your will.
It is good to be redundant for this information of this importance.

Our Stores : told in Pictures

Organize the pictures. Get their names, and make sure the photos are tagged.

Our Stories: Videos and memory book and slides

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Children are born into digital lives
Technology becomes obsolete, so chose format wisely

In Conclusion:

  • Inventory your online Digital Legacy
  • Understand sites privacy and records policy
  • find method to help capture a legacy
  • Keep families Connected
  • REad fascinating biographies
  • Control your legacy forever

Question: I had a live journal with content about my co-workers, 15 years of my life in a journal. I had it taken down and save it in a dropbox.
It did not belong on the Internet.
If you don't want your parents or boss to read it, don't put it. up.

Question: What about kids digital footprint? How to guide them on what is appropriate?
If you wouldn't say it to their face, don't put it on the Internet.

Remember the long term effects of sharing real names, and other people's information.

Question: How you deal with your blog driving traffic to other sites?
Answer: Maybe nothing. Maybe you can invoke take-down based on what content is owned by you.

Photographers and Writers will have issues with content.

Spam can be a problem People do steal stories and reprint them. Google is working and getting rid of link pages. People are now trying to hide theif info so they don't get taken down.

Question: What about the online baby book? Should I get rid of the content?
Answer: Don't put info about your child's routine, whether you are on vacation, the school they go to, etc.

Question: How to archive your blog?
Answer: If you want to save it, put it as many places as you can. So if one fails, you can grab it somewhere else. Try emailing it to yourself.

Question: What about pennames and how they affect your legacy and copyright?
Answer: It didn't come up in search engines for Kriten until she attached her real name to the penname in a profile.
Answer Rosemary: I prefer to be transparent and controlling your legacy. Anything you put up with your name can be associated to you. The policy may make it private, now, but those policies can change.

Question/comment from Audience: When you sign away the right to photo copyright, they can use it. If your school hires a photographer and they retain copyright, they can sell that content.

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