September 03, 2015

Mortality

Prepare to die on social media

Mortality

Prepare to die on social media

Compared to the decision about who to bequeath your gnome collection to, the fate of your social media accounts probably didn’t make your kick-the-bucket list.

Please rethink.

Your social media accounts are packed with photos, emotions, drinking escapades and possibly a Tinderesque moment with an old partner. It all seemed so innocent and funny at the time. Now, imagine your great grand children checking it out for a sixth grade "Technology in Our Society" class.

You are bound to follow the terms of use, which you’ve never read.

In most states, you’re bound to follow the terms of use that you “agreed" to when you set up your account. That leaves your survivors a court order as the only option for removing your drunken tweets. But why put your family through the heartache and expense (unless you want to)?

Here’s what you need to know about deceased user policies.

Twitter allows account deletion only at the request of an immediate family member, or a lawful representative.

On LinkedIn, anyone may request the removal of an account providing proof of death, a link to an obituary, and certain mysterious information.

Pinterest will only delete an account at the request of a family member.

Facebook now allows its users to denote a “legacy contact," or choose to have the account deleted after death.

At the request of anyone offering proof of death, Instagram will memorialize a deceased person’s account. Or, remove an account at the request of anyone who can prove they are from the immediate family.

Under Google’s terms of use, of Google+, YouTube and Drive may choose to have their digital assets distributed among ten people -- three, six, nine or 12 months after his or her death.

This is just another fact of our digital lives. If you’re hoarding sensitive or damaging information on any of your social media platforms, take heed.

To find out how to access and configure the deceased user settings on social media platforms mentioned in this article, read a detailed post on SociallyAwareBlogger.com.

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Aerial photography

Drones strike for the sake of art

Aerial photography

Drones strike for the sake of art

Drones have a bad rep, but artists transform swords into ploughshares every day. The winners of the first annual Drone Aerial Photography Contest show what happens when cameras soar, “Above the Mist" by Brazilian Richard Matiello. The contest was a partnership between National Geographic, Dronestagram and a slew of other major companies. It also has us thinking about our next photo shoot, or video. What about you?

View more photos and videos at Dronestagram, or use the hashtag #dronestagram on Instagram.

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Shrinks

Why small talk matters

Shrinks

Why small talk matters

Get-to-the-point types scoff at small talk. We’re wrong. Small talk creates the space where comfort and trust develop in a relationship

Bronislaw Malinowski, one of the first academics to delve into the subject, said “small talk does not serve any purpose of communicating ideas," but instead "serves to establish bonds of personal union." This explains why many great salespeople are virtuosos of small talk.

How ‘bout those Seahawks?

Small talk is not about communicating ideas. Our pitter-patter of “good mornings" and “how are the kids?" is about bonding with our fellow humans. On a primal level we’re saying, “hey, Mr. Jones, I won’t attack you. It’s okay to approach. I won’t eat your dog."

"If you make connections with people, it makes it much more difficult for you to treat them in an uncivil way," said Bernardo Carducci, director of Indiana University’s Shyness Research Institute. Good advice for life and business.

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Branding

Need a unique brand name or URL? Start splicing.

Branding

Need a unique brand name or URL? Start splicing.

Are you hunting for a unique domain name for a website or brand name? The obvious good ones are all taken by your marketing brethren, or snapped up by trolls who buy and park domains.

Word splicing for fun and pleasure

When things get tough at Ideopia, we make things up. This is where portmanteau (blended) words come in handy, and we brag about our own name. Ideopia is a blend of “idee," which is Greek for idea, and “opia," happy place.

If you get in a bind, you can add “oholic," “ology," or “cism" to the end of nearly every word. Grab a six pack of Carrotology juice and a Feetza, a pizza in the shape of a foot, and watch the game on your Eyetoaster. For extra intellectual property head room, mess with the spelling, like Karrotology or Eye Toester.

Concoct your own brand names

Developing unique brand names is hard work. At least with portmanteaus, the official international snack food is Reese’s Cups. Chomp down on those while you build an extensive list of terms and associations with your brand, its values, and its unique point of difference. Then the fun begins. Make sure you have plenty of Keratology juice on hand and start splicing, gluing, blending and changing the spelling of words until the magic happens.

Famous portmanteau brand names

PayPal
Funyuns
Blackberry

Bob’s Big Boy
Microsoft
Comcast

Infosys
Groupon
Pinterest

Amtrak
Netflix
Cheezits

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