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The Facebook TOS Spat | February 18, 2009

Facebook

If you’re interested in social media/networking and haven’t heard of the uproar about Facebook, you’ve probably been living under a rock or have been offline for the last several days. The story has made the front page of CNN. For a nice breakdown of the relevant issues, check out this summary on Ignite Social Media’s blog.

When posting content to ANY social network, here’s the adage that counts: STOP, and think about what you’re going to post. ASSUME that once you post a photo, blog or piece of art to another server it no longer belongs to you, but to the service to which you’re posting. If, and only if, you’re comfortable with that idea, should you go ahead and post your content.

This adage goes if you’re an individual or a corporate entity using social media to reach out to your targeted consumers. Olivia from the ISM blog summarizes succinctly here: “To give your clients peace of mind, live by the old adage “When in doubt, don’t.” If you aren’t sure how protected their work is going to be if you put it on Facebook, then don’t…”

That’s a good rule for companies, and a good rule for individuals.

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