I read this latest article on yet another example that Facebook is going to do whatever it wants, however it wants to do it. And as the big boy on the block, they are going to keep doing it and doing it and doing it because … hold on to your hats for this shocking revelation, folks … Facebook doesn’t care about anybody’s rights.
They have provided a shared virtual space from which they can re-use and re-purpose anything you do, post or share.
Oh, yes - it’s subject to your privacy and application settings so you might feel somewhat safe (assuming you set these properly which most people don’t). And of course, they have changed these privacy and application settings more times than Katy Perry changes outfits during a concert so ultimately they decide what “privacy” is.
There is a nice little clause in there that the rights transfer back to you if you delete the content or your account. Remember people: while our memories may fade, our lives on the Internet go on forever. The law offices of Craig Deslack had this to say about it.
That’s just one voice but Google the issue and you will see that it’s not a solitary voice.
And it’s not enough that they want to own and track you while you are on Facebook or logged in to your Facebook account. The point of the article linked in the first sentence is that they are tracking you even when you aren’t logged in to Facebook. The little computer elves are quietly and silently watching and tracking your every movement.
Maybe I’m making a mountain out of a molehill. I don’t know. I do know I’m not the only one who feels this way. And I also know that it’s not just Facebook. It’s all of the social networking giants. I’m singling out Facebook because they seem to be the worst and biggest repeat offender and display the biggest lack of concern over their customer rights.
But let’s not kid ourselves – it’s all of them. They are all looking for ways to slice and dice our lives up for better targetted messaging and advertising.
Here’s the very real, very near future, friends. One in which personalized messages target our every waking moment.
The real question is: what are our choices? De-friend Facebook? Un-link LinkedIn? Silence the tweeting? I’m open to ideas.