Monday, February 16, 2009

Misguided Intent + Laywers = Social Media Disaster

Mr Steve Hall at Adrants: Didn't we just go though this with Google or something? Facebook's TOS has been revised to state, basically, they own all your content forever and ever and they can do anything they want with it forever and ever. From the TOS:

"You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof." and this was just added...

"You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time. If you choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will automatically expire, however you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content."

Oy ge valt

Mark Zuckerberg?

Where the fuck are you?

Your dream and hope for happy families is going down the toilet. I'm sure now you're more keen on the mula, but you won't have much left in the long term if you continue in this fashion and if you keep losing law suits. Hear about that? It was pretty hush hush until the law firm leaked it- they gave ConnectU, the almost hottish twins, $65Million! Looks like there was truth to the accusations after all.

But- all those commenters who announce they would be voting with their feet is bogus. The ability to cut the connection where all your friends reside is near impossible. People now rely too heavily on the medium- for photos, email, events, short messaging and of course birthday reminders. If you do cut yourself off, you really find yourself out of the loop. The only way that's going to happen is if something else opens up with the right new features, options and accessibility and that won't happen till web 3.0 comes along.

It's a shame that FB started out so strong, so open. I'm not sure you'll find a drop in user numbers, but there will certainly be a drop in content uploads. Keep bringing on the controversy, I is a loving it.

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