Facebook blunder

Its a good job facebook chose to listen to its user’s on their insane plan to take total control over content added to their site. They may have been able to keep the content that people added but I’m sure a lot of people may have decided to leave their account’s stagnant in defiance of this act.
I hadn’t previously heard to much about it till this morning whilst i was on the train into University from Wigan. The eye grabbing title that The Metro newspaper chose to use ‘ Facebook grabs rights to photos’ caught my attention and i was immediately engrossed in what i found. For those who haven’t heard about it click here.

I had thought about boycotting the site but when i logged on this morning their was a statement issued by Facebook saying : –

Terms of Use Update

Over the past few days, we have received a lot of feedback about the new terms we posted two weeks ago. Because of this response, we have decided to return to our previous Terms of Use while we resolve the issues that people have raised. For more information, visit the Facebook Blog.

If you want to share your thoughts on what should be in the new terms, check out our group Facebook Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. ‘

which has made me think that maybe because of this miraculous social technology that we as a community can make differences =]

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4 Comments »

  1. mpr4wireless said

    The power of people movement – that’s a bliss! Facebook had no choice but listen to those who have made them who they are. Without people there is no Facebook.

  2. Chris said

    Facebook is starting to get like google in many ways, full of its own self importance. Maybe it will start to fall away in the future.

    Point for discussion?

  3. jennifer2186 said

    I think it already has by this action because they really didn’t have a choice once people had started showing their annoyance at their action, they chose themselves to act.

  4. I thought about cancelling my facebook profile as well when I’ve heard about their new terms of use.

    But than I thought how can I know what really happens with my data, although I would delete my profile? I think as soon as you provide data by joining any kind of network you never know who ‘owns’ them.

    And I think it had a really positive effect at the end, as it showed that people really can make a difference through the web – much faster and effective they could have done offline in any situation.

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