In the formative years of the web companies, like AOL and MySpace, were enabling users to connect, collaborate, and get creative. When Facebook and YouTube stepped into the spotlight, these early social media pioneers were left standing in the dust.
Many users didn’t close their MySpace account; they simply opened a Facebook account and never logged back in to MySpace. What happens to inactive accounts? Is your information still secure? Google recently introduced a new ‘Inactive Account Manager’ that helps you control what happens if you stop using your account.
I recently attempted to login to my old accounts. For anyone who’s tried to retrieve a password before, you know this can be an irritating process. When I was finally able to log in, I found that, due to inactivity, all of the old content had been deleted. While this makes sense from a business standpoint, it’s extremely frustrating as a user.
Google’s new account manager allows you control what happens to your information if your account reaches an ‘inactive’ status. You can select to have Google manage your content after 3, 6, 9, or 12 months of inactivity. Inactivity is determined by the duration of time between logins.