Wednesday, 18 February 2009

the facebook terms of use change.... and coming back to the old TOS!

Rage has got many of the facebook users, and some have already left the giant website, because of the recent change of the Terms of Use; it is not necessarily a change, mainly a clarification of the way things actually work for a while now.... Mark Zuckerberg "clarifies" in the post on his blog entitled "On Facebook, People Own and Control Their Information" that basically says:
  • once you place a picture/post/message on facebook, or any kind of information that is shared, two copies are made: one in your account and the other in the other person's account. Even if you delete your account, your copy of the information is deleted, but the other person's copy still remains(the content/picture/text still stays on). It actually sounds pretty logical; this system is also used by the emailing websites....
  • there is a clash between:
    - I want to share my information with the whole world, yet to fully control it, to turn it off/delete it at any time;
    - At the same time, this shared info should be available to other services, to be used by them...
    These two are not possible YET - why not trying to work on making it possible? It may be a revolutionizing thing to do.... and it will help/benefit so many!
Basically, just like before and just like all the other services that are online: once you place some content online and it is seen/indexed, no matter how much you want to take it off, you can't do it thoroughly! I had a blog, personal blog stefan misaras, and I deleted it a long time ago - it still comes up in the search results! The same with facebook - the only problem is that on facebook people actually put their whole life - pictures, friends, talks, comments, opinions, games - which can provide enough information to anyone about you... and that is scary! The truth about facebook? - a short clip from 2006.
This is actually a very realistic issue of the web2.0 and the development of the "sharing the information, not hiding it" - everyone can have access to your personal details without working for CIA!
Other reactions online about this update of the Facebook TOS:
Actually, according to this and this, Mark said in one of his last posts something like: the facebook TOS /bill of rights are coming back/being reverted to the previous version - which are similar... - where he specified:
Our next version will be a substantial revision from where we are now. It will reflect the principles I described yesterday around how people share and control their information, and it will be written clearly in language everyone can understand. Since this will be the governing document that we'll all live by, Facebook users will have a lot of input in crafting these terms
Good stuff.... yet I still think that we have to be a little more careful as to what we post online, what we share with our friends, even the pictures.... though the intentions of both the ones at google, youtube, msn, yahoo, facebook and myspace are "clean" - "we want to just provide a medium for you to do what you really want, and all information is safe with us" - whether it is about pages online/searches and search trends/history, videos about/with you, blogs and information, or pictures/wall posts/comments - it is not that "clean"....

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