Friday, February 27, 2009
Facebook started out as a magical program that helped college students find each other, and now your parents are on it and it's weird. How did this happen? Mostly through SuperPokes. I remember four years ago, when everybody in California said I should be on MySpace, because it had totally rad spam, yo. Now all of these people are on Facebook, and their parents on Facebook, and their grandparents are on Facebook, and God is on Facebook. (He's looking for "Random Play.")
Of course, being a part of Facebook means that sometimes you are a part of Facebook Soldier Revolutions. Oh my God, there's a News Feed! Oh my God, they changed the layout! Oh my God, things are different than before, and I'm scared! Etc, etc, etc. Since most of the outrage was directed toward innocuous things, I stopped being a Facebook Soldier. Make Internet love, not Internet war.
But now it seems that there was a Facebook Issue worth fighting for: A change in their terms of service that would have given the Web site "irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license" to use your material and "use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising." This means that Facebook would use your most embarrassing photos in television commercials, forever, while Darth Zuckerberg smokes a cigar on a mountain of money.
Luckily, people care about Facebook Rights more than anything else in the world, so there was a War, and the Facebook Soldiers won: Darth Zuckerberg open-sourced Facebook's Terms of Service, so users will be able to approve and define them as they evolve.
I assume the first amendment will be to ban all parents from joining Facebook.