Between Google search, GMail, YouTube, and other sites, a vast number of internet users now access Google services every day. So it makes some sense that the Chocolate Factory has implemented a new system that lets you tell it how long you need to have stopped Googling before it assumes you must be dead. Dubbed the Inactive …
Pining for the fjords
Will Manager, perhaps?
That's funny - one just popped up in Cupertino
Just letting you know all's well up here and just because I've been quiet recently it doesn't mean you're not to drop me off Google services please. If I had to rely on iPhone maps I'd be wandering round forever lost in limbo.
One more thing - can someone get legal onto the shape of the corners round the pearly gates here, I'm sure we could get a result. Looks like there a bolt there you have to slide to unlock too - double win!
It should be obvious...
No escape from GooGhoul...
Like in some comic horror Tim Burton movie.....You'll still need Google products when your dead......Like taxes and death there's no escape from GooGhoul :-
Gmail -> Grimail
Google Drive -> Google Die-I've
Google Earth -> Google (in the) Earth..
Google Friend Connect - Google Fiend Connect
Google Notifier -> Google Mortifier
........(Sorry, its been a slow day, what can I say)
Good: allowing you to pass on (!) your data to a family member
Bad: that people need to rely on Google to tell your family you are dead
Worse: that just by stopping using Google... you switch to MS or go to prison... family will be told you're dead
If it takes 3 months...
... before your family notices that you're missing, then you're not all that close anyway.
Have fun and use it to send nasty messages to ex-significant-others, old enemies, grumpy bosses, MP's, etc.
"Bad: that people need to rely on Google to tell your family you are dead"
Rely on it? I doubt it - the real purpose is to share/delete information that family members wouldn't be able to otherwise access because they would lack the password. From article: "The minimum timeout is three months..." - I don't know about you, but if my family hadn't heard from me in three months I think they'd realize something was up, and certainly before receiving an email with subject "User 10393232053 kicked the bucket".
Wrong again - the service will attempt to contact you one month before the account timeout (via phone/email) to verify that you are still alive (for lack of better phrasing). If you sign up for the service and ignore the emails it's your own damn fault.
for a lot of people, if you've switched to live365 or such, you ARE dead to them ;-)
"...or go to prison..."
Seeing as how it's such a possibility now a days to get thrown in jail for using technology. The serfs must not get too smart.
Does this have anything...
...to do with Margaret Thatcher's demise?
Inquiring minds want to know.
Of course, we shall see in a few months.
Unplanned Obsolescence Manager
Tits Up Heads Up
I like Google RIP. Then it can be known as DeathGRIP.
Upvoted for Tits Up Heads Up.
How many other long running "we'll pass on information to loved ones when you're dead" services are there? Not many, but they exist, you just haven't heard of them. But now thanks to google doing this for free, and better than those other services you've never heard of nobody will use anything BUT googles version. This is anti-competativeness at its finest and I demand an inquest.
I don't know how many other information companies like that exist..
However, I am certain the Competators Union will not approve. They are quite powerful you know & they don't like anything anti-competative.
Easy - Google Tombstone.
Google Friend Connect -> ...
Google FIEND Connect!
"Assuming your account remains silent, Google can initiate several actions at your prior request."
Dear Mr Cat,
You have not replied to our email, so we presume you are dead.
We have therefore, as you requested, reset your mail forwarding options to medium.
Best wishes for the afterlife,
(Repeated nine times)
Re: Just resting...
"CC: Erwin Schrödinger" ... ?
Ohh, I can use it to send encrypted instructions to my ex. on how to access my offshore accounts.
Without the encryption key.
I can imagine receiving the alert
I'm not dead yet! I feel fine! I feel happy!
Re: I can imagine receiving the alert
Or "I told you I was ill"
Apologies to Mr Milligan
Death Watch Google
They already named it
Once I am dead
Why should I care about the living people i "left behind"? Screw them.
How about Google-
(as in, the opposite of Google+, since you're being subtracted from the google world, just like you've been subtracted from the real world)
Re: How about Google-
Dammit - beat me to it! Have an upvote.
I like the "Google-" idea from Azzy, it could be paired with a service that helps you removing your online life as well. "Be more by being less"!
I thought maybe Google✝ (or ☨ or ☦ or✠ or ☾or ✡, depending on what you believe), but I'm not sure what'd be put for those who don't: A blank just looks like "Google ", which is hardly original.
In other news, Unicode seems to have lots of "Christian" glyphs, and not so many from other religions. This strikes me as a little odd: I'd have thought that it'd be more international than that.
For atheists it would be Ø.
Google Bad News
It's just a pity that the name "Dead People Server" is already taken.
Knowing my luck, they'll issue the three month withdrawal of service notice the day before I die.
Life? Don't talk to me about life!
a good idea
says the one who mistrusts Google for good and bad reasons. But yes, a good idea. This I say having had to ask, a few years ago, a (free) email service providers to give me access to the inbox of my mom who had just died. The providers told me to fuck off (politely, but of course). They refused flatly, even when I offered to send them all documents, death certificate, various proofs of id to verify I am actually related. And they confirmed that yes, they would delete my mom's email address with all the contents, and they did within a month or so. It doesn't matter so much now, but I remember well the feeling of utter helplessness and that I was perfectly capable and willing to strangle that rep had she been in the same room.
So one teeny-tiny brownie point for google for this idea. Not that I would ever use their email.
Re: a good idea
I think you should tell us all who this provider it.
That read like a glowing recommendation!
The big question
What happens when Google decides to pull the plug on the service? After all, dead people don't click any ads.
Of course, my contingency plan is to have an AI bot hosted on the cloud take over my web life after I shuffle off this mortal coil*. Why should future generations be deprived of annoyance?
*May have already happened, I certainly wouldn't let it know that it's not me.
What if they DIDN'T delete?
They'd know when to pillage the data...
i) Personal Data - The dead have no personal data privacy rights.
ii) Copyright - OK, this is long-term planning, but they'd know when they can start using all that valuable content
iii) reconnaissance for theft and fraud. Just like burglars note unemptied mailboxes to tell when people are away from home, they could search for information about online accounts and answers to "security questions", and misuse them knowing the owner won't notice. If anyone does notice, they can say, "it can't be us, we deleted that data".
Naturally, I completely trust Google and their "Don't be Evel" mantra.
Suggestions for naming the service
As you say, such a useful service definitely needs a better "brand". How about:
Google Reaper (or gReaper, or gRim Reaper)
It's kinda like the Outlook "Out of Office Assistant" - on steroids!
We're all familiar with "Out of Office" messages, which usually go along the lines of "I am on a wine tour of France for the next 5 months, and will attend to your message when I return (or not)".
But what exactly do you say in your "Out of Existence" message? Maybe something like: "You are receiving this message because I am dead. I apologise for any inconvenience."
"Out of Existence" message?
Have an upvote!
Google Deadman Timeout
sounds to me
like there is FINALLY a way to make sure google gets rid of all the data they have collected about you.
Sure it takes 3 months but think about it. Sign up for a google account, making sure everything is setup correctly, then set that up. Never use it. Boom everything about you is gone.
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