Originally posted 2009-02-18 10:41:19. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
The New York Times reports the latest on the Facebook “license” story:
After a wave of protests from its users, the Facebook social networking site said on Wednesday that it would withdraw changes to its so-called terms of service concerning the data supplied by the tens of millions of people who use it. . . .
Earlier this month, Facebook deleted a provision from its terms of service that said users could remove their content at any time, at which time the license would expire. It added new language that said Facebook would retain users’ content and licenses after an account was terminated. . . .
The posting said the decision to return to previous terms was “the right thing for now.”
That covers it, right? I no longer have to worry that Facebook will leverage my worldwide fame for its nefarious purposes after I finally grow up and delete my account forever.
Okay, I wasn’t really worried about that. Then again, being an adult I’m not someone who’s posted dozens of pictures of himself hoisting brewskies, tangled up in piles of flesh or whatever, and neither are my “friends.”
But this does seem to be a prevalent practice among people who may some day realize that they want to be adults, too (i.e., college students), or at least that they may want to get a job somewhere. Is that what’s animating the outrage?
It’s a good idea for Facebook users to keep an eye on the TOS issue (why does the Times call them “so-called terms of service”?), but it would seem to be an even better idea to keep an eye on how you present yourself on Facebook and what “intellectual” — and not so intellectual — “property” you are throwing up there in the first place.
Nothing that goes up on the Internet is ever private again, so no matter what the TOS do or don’t promise, responsible social networking remains the order of the day. The best rule of thumb I can think of is this: Even if, unlike me (yeah, my 71-year-old dad joined yesterday — Seward Park High School ’55 rules!), you won’t let your mom and dad “friend” you on FB… what would you want your profile to look like if they could see it anyway?
All of it?