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Social media afterlife: What happens to all those tweets after you die?

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Think for a moment about how many emails, digital photos, Facebook or Twitter postings you create in a week, a year...a lifetime?

What happens to that trove of material when you're gone -- or when a friend or loved one dies? The law isn't clear on who has control over these so-called "digital assets." Now a group of state-appointed lawyers is pushing legislation that would give families access to the material.

But there are still user agreements at places like Facebook or Picasa, and privacy concerns.

Suzanne Brown Walsh, an attorney who led the effort and a Connecticut Uniform Law Commissioner, joins Take Two with more. 

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