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Facebook and User Content

From Facebook‘s Terms of Use:

By posting User Content to any part of the Site, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to the Company an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part) and distribute such User Content for any purpose, commercial, advertising, or otherwise, on or in connection with the Site or the promotion thereof, to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such User Content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing.

While they don’t claim ownership of your content (photos, any text you post, videos etc) they can use it for whatever they like, for as long as they like, or for as long as you have a Facebook account.

And here’s a nice bit of conspiracy theory about Facebook’s alleged CIA connections from the New Zealand Herald (which prompted me to write this post).

I have often asked friends if they have thought about who owns Facebook, where their data is stored, and if they’ve ever considered that it might be used for other purposes. Few have.

I’m beginning to have mixed feelings about Facebook, but the trouble is with so many friends using it. I’d be a virtual outcast if I left it…

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Facebook is morphing steadily into MySpace

I have a MySpace account purely because I have a few friends on there, and have had to use it to send the odd message once in a blue moon. I hate the way MySpace looks – it’s cluttered, slow, gaudy, clunky, and I just don’t like it.

When Facebook came around, naturally, I signed up. I was pleasantly surprised. It had a clean design, fast, plenty of AJAX used in the interface meaning fewer page refreshes. I could quickly and easily find out what my friends were up to.

And then Facebook allowed applications to be developed for the platform. Now everyone throws sheep at each other, I’m constantly plagued by vampire invites, being bitten by werewolves, being compared with others, having films and books recommended to me, having things posted to my FunWall (which I don’t even have) and thus the torrent continues.

If I actually want to become a werewolf, or see what’s been posted to “my” FunWall, I have to install an application on my account. I have to let it see certain information about me. It will clutter my profile.

If I allowed every invite to install the required app, my profile would be worse than MySpace.

This post over at Mashable sums things up rather well. I too am suffering from ‘Facebook fatigue’, and the urge to log in is dissipating rather rapidly…