Belgian rider Wouter Weylandt was pronounced dead in may 2011 following a horrific crash on the third stage of the Giro d’Italia, his Leopard-Trek team confirmed. This event triggered me to look for his digital legacy but it also confronted me with my own. What happens with my digital footprint after i’m not here to manage it anymore. Morbid or reality?

Almost without realizing it, we have shifted toward an all-digital culture. Future heirlooms like family photos, home movies, and personal letters now exist only in digital form, and in many cases they are stored using popular services like Facebook, Twitter, Hyves and Flickr. These digital possessions form a rich collection that chronicles our lives and connects us to each other. The following videos tells you everything you need to know:

I even discovered i’m not the only one who has tought of this. There is this list of online services that are designed to help you plan for your digital death and afterlife or memorialize loved ones. Check it out here. These services come in all flavors including digital estate services, posthumous email services and online memorials.

Morbid or reality? I think this is brilliant, considering the fact we are putting all our information in the cloud!