After Max passed away I didn't know what to do about his online presence. He has accounts everywhere including his Blogs, Deviant Art, RedBubble, Facebook and gaming sites. Like most of us do.
I had just let them go until I had made a decision. I had decided that I do want people to continue to view his art and photography on his creative sites. Actually he even sold a card recently on RB. He had sold a few pieces but couldn't collect his earnings till he had made $100. I think it would take him a long time to reach that, so I am not concerned at all. Plus they donated his wonderful artworks to the RFK fundraiser so I am very happy for them to keep his funds. However Facebook is different, it's personal. It kept requesting me and others to "reconnect" with Max because we hadn't been in touch for a while and this was after he had passed. It was quite upsetting for everyone. Then my nephew informed me that I could request FB to memorialise his profile. Where everything continues to stay up and people can write on his wall when ever they wish but those reminders to "reconnect" would be no longer. So I made the request and it was done, which was great. It gave me time to think about what to do with his profile.
Last night after noticing that Max's FB profile was disabled it hit me like a tonne of bricks that I wanted to keep his profile up, I needed it to be there. I was so upset that it had been pulled down, especially after a particularly difficult and emotional day and missing him terribly. There was no reason for it being disabled it was just there, then it wasn't. I felt like he had been taken away from me again. I know that sounds crazy, but I was really torn up by it. I wrote to FB letting them know and to put it back ASAP and they did. I was so relieved I thought they would come back to me and say it was gone forever. It makes me happy knowing that he is still there and he still has his friends around who every now and then write on his wall. So they can reconnect when they feel like it and not when it is thrown in their face.
So my decision is made and I am not touching any of it, Max is still out there in cyber world, forever.
What would you do ?