Well, have no fear, because there is a new service that will allow you to designate beneficiaries for your online personas and accounts.
Legacy Locker (based here in SF) will allow one to deposit account info and passwords and arrange for “Legacy Letters” to be sent to family and friends upon one’s passing.
This service costs $30/year or a one-time $300, but apparently – if the home page quotes are any indication – it’s gotten great reception from press.
As silly as it may seem to me, I guess I can see the value. I have heard about so-called ghost profiles (creepy) and it would be nice to know what that person would have wanted to happen with their online assets, rather than just letting them sit there with friends/family unable to take them down or contact their network. OK, this is creeping me out, so see the FT Tech Blog post for more info.