As we discussed here, most people equate the word asset with tangible items or money. Accordingly, many people have not thought about what will happen to their digital lives and digital assets when they pass away.
While the current laws have been slow to adapt to changes in society and have not caught up to the digital age, Google has announced a feature called Inactive Account Manager (Google admits the name needs work) on your Google Accounts setting page.
Through this feature, you can tell Google what you want to do happen to your account after a set time of inactivity. You can have all of your data deleted or you can select a trusted contact to receive data from many of Google's services. In case you are just taking a hiatus, they will send you a warning via text message or secondary email address prior to deleting your account.
While the law might be slow to adapt, maybe we will see more and more social media companies providing users more options and control over the fate of their digital lives.