Get out of my face(book)!
Looks like facebook has been hit by the "terms of service" controversy that seem to inevitably hit all free and popular internet services. What was ostensibly a move to clarify the language in the terms of service blew up when users took up arms, fearing, well, everything.
Facebook has backed down and returned to the old document, while promising that the future revision will be a clearer representation of the community and be better communicated.
Mark Zukerberg writes on the facebook blog;
More than 175 million people use Facebook. If it were a country, it would be the sixth most populated country in the world. Our terms aren't just a document that protect our rights; it's the governing document for how the service is used by everyone across the world. Given its importance, we need to make sure the terms reflect the principles and values of the people using the service.
Our next version will be a substantial revision from where we are now. It will reflect the principles I described yesterday around how people share and control their information, and it will be written clearly in language everyone can understand. Since this will be the governing document that we'll all live by, Facebook users will have a lot of input in crafting these terms.
facebook has become an increasingly important part of my communication network. I really find this to be a fascinating development in connectivity and potential for the internet in the future. I am pretty impressed with the handling so far, but will have to keep a close eye on how things continue to evolve in the future.