I have been a loyal Facebook addict since 2005. I update my status regularly, write on people’s walls, post photos, tag photos, join groups, add/reject friends–you name it, I do it. I love Facebook. But lately I’ve been reconsidering my extensive and committed relationship with the website. I’m starting to look for interviews and jobs, so I want to better my “personal brand image” on the web. Not that my Facebook is filled with incriminating photos or inappropriate status updates, but it’s nice to present myself as a decent person to future employers.
“The following sections will survive any termination of your use of the Facebook Service: Prohibited Conduct, User Content, Your Privacy Practices, Gift Credits, Ownership; Proprietary Rights, Licenses, Submissions, User Disputes; Complaints, Indemnity, General Disclaimers, Limitation on Liability, Termination and Changes to the Facebook Service, Arbitration, Governing Law; Venue and Jurisdiction and Other.”
I think that if Facebook wants to make changes like this to their Terms of Service, it would have been a good PR move to notify users ahead of time that these changes were being made. At the same time, users should already know that with a social networking site like this one, their content will be shared to everyone–so be cautious about what you post!
For more layman’s terms about Facebook’s changes, I suggest you read Chris Walter’s article in The Consumerist.
And for everyone who is concerned about their current user content being owned by Facebook indefinitely, there’s not much you can do now. However, it’s still a good idea to clean up your Facebook page if you are worried about your personal brand image–it can’t hurt to look good!
(Photo: Tom Rydquist)