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Most scholarly discussions of social media activities and profiles tend to work from the assumption that there is an active user driving that profile who has sufficient agency to manage, perform, edit or present a certain identity as they see fit. Solutions to privacy and other concerns often relate to increasing user agency and control. However, what about those situations in which a user is unable to be in control? Looking at the ends of identity – birth and death – a number of complications arise. What responsibility do parents, guardians and others have in representing and performing a child’s identity before that young person is able to manage online tools themselves? Similarly, when a person dies their material form ceases but their digital legacy persists. These issues are exacerbated by the push toward an internet driven by real names and singular identities. With these examples in mind, I would like to explore the notion of social media identities as co-created.