Thursday, September 17, 2009

Shades of Facebook

There's been some flap about how Facebook makes rather too free with the photos and personal information posted by its subscribers - using people's personal photos for advertising without asking and so on.

No sooner do we sort out that - to some extent (by adjusting privacy settings) - than we're presented with Google's new terms of service which you must agree to in order to post photos on Blogger, or Picasa albums (emphasis mine):
Google claims no ownership or control over any Content submitted, posted or displayed by you on or through Picasa Web Albums. You or a third party licensor, as appropriate, retain all patent, trademark and copyright to any Content you submit, post or display on or through Picasa Web Albums and you are responsible for protecting those rights, as appropriate. By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through Picasa Web Albums, you grant Google a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to reproduce, adapt, distribute and publish such Content through Picasa Web Albums, including RSS or other content feeds offered through Picasa Web Albums, and other Google services. In addition, by submitting, posting or displaying Content which is intended to be available to the general public, you grant Google a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to reproduce, adapt, distribute and publish such Content for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting Google services. Google will discontinue this licensed use within a commercially reasonable period after such Content is removed from Picasa Web Albums.
I fear my love affair with Blogger - and all things pertaining to the Google empire - may be drawing to a close...


Anonymous Leah Fritz said...

I cannot understand this love affair with facebook, etc. Your blog is very informative, Rhona, about important matters, but most people just blab on them. What ever happened to diaries kept under lock and key because personal matters are personal?

3:02 a.m.  
Blogger Rhona McAdam said...

Thanks Leah... to me, Facebook has its place (with privacy settings) for sharing news, photos and links with people you couldn't bring together any other way; also a boon for promoting events and causes. And a way of contacting people you'd otherwise struggle to find in this migratory world.

I think to today's wired population, personal matters are perceived quite differently from what we both grew up with - I'd say it's become a ricepaper world; it does place on each of us the burden of have to screen out what we don't want to know.

For me the concerns are more with time than privacy: the time it takes to do all that sifting - certainly the time I spend on blogs and social networking is something I will need to reconsider at some point.

Here's a thought: the time we used to spend face to face is now being eaten up by aimless googling, twittering and facebooking: all verbs that didn't even exist when you and I met!

9:46 a.m.  

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