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Facebook have just recently updated their Terms of Service. Facebook are claiming ownership to your content, even after you have removed it from the site. In more detail,Amanda L. French, Ph.D. who writes about “Digital humanities, poetic form, 19th- and 20th-century British and Irish literature” on her blog, has neatly summed up some of the issues that arise from this change of the TOS. You can reead the full post on her blog at Facebook terms of service compared with MySpace, Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter

1. Facebook apparently wants to keep all its rights to your stuff after you remove it from Facebook, and even after you delete your Facebook account; they just removed the lines that specified that their rights end when your content comes down. Nobody else (of those I looked at) would dream of that; mostly they specifically state that their rights to your content end when you remove the content from their site or delete your account.
2. This one kills me: Facebook claims it can do whatever it wants with your content if you put a Share on Facebook link on your web page. Unbelievable–and unique, as far as I can tell. People can post links in Facebook to your content just by copying and pasting the URL, but if you want to save them a few keystrokes by putting a link or a widget on your site, Facebook claims that you’ve granted them a whole mess of rights. Count me out.
3. Other sites point out in their terms of service that you still own your content: Facebook doesn’t mention that little fact. Facebook also neglects to remind you that you’re giving other Facebook users rights to your Facebook content, too — YouTube, for example, makes it clear that other people besides YouTube have a right to use and spread around the videos you upload. In general, other sites’ terms of service just have a more helpful tone.

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Facebook Profile

Well, I’ve managed to set up a Facebook group for Ice Cubes, but not without some issues. My first step was to create a new account. I wanted to create a unique identity for Ice Cubes, so that it had a life of it’s own and wasn’t just an off-shoot of one person’s account (even though there would be at least three admin in the end).

So, the account is called Ice Cubes. Except it isn’t, because I struggled to create an account that was simply called that. I had to do it as ice-cubes Cemap, or a variation of those words that moved away from being straightforward and simple. In the world of Facebook developers, you aren’t allowed to be called Ice. I’m still exploring why you wouldn’t be allowed to have this name, in a world of Britney’s and Email’s, and any variation and mis-spelling of many names, it seems an odd decision to deny the unique moniker that identifies you from a) your family b) at least a percentage of those people in your social/work group.

Update: Interestingly, there’s this excerpt from the T&C’s within the user Conduct section:

In addition, you agree not to use the Service or the Site to:

register for more than one User account, register for a User account on behalf of an individual other than yourself, or register for a User account on behalf of any group or entity

Which, I guess means you have to create groups as yourself.

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A Fresh Start

When we think about using Web 2.0 technologies, we are faced with the challenge of trying to see something that is right before our eyes. A familiarity and comfort of engagement that stops us from seeing clearly. In trying to research these tools/toys, it seems we have to go back to first principles and start again. So many people in the world already have a Facebook account, or have flirted with the idea of blogging, that we think we’re completely familiar with these technologies and there may be nothing new for us to learn. It is important to start again, and really get to grips with everything as though it were brand new and had never been explored before. Terms and Conditions fully understood. Usability fully explored with a naive and simple approach. Perhaps even trying to break things to see what the limits are?

Onwards….

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