Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday that from now on the company will post proposed changes to its terms of service and other policies for member input. If more than 7,000 people comment, the policy will be put to a vote and the result "will be binding if more than 30 percent of all active registered users vote." Based on Facebook's current 175 million user base, … Read more
Kimberley Swann thought her job was boring. So she said so on her Facebook page.
Her employer, Ivell Marketing and Logistics of Clacton, U.K., gave her this update: "Following your comments made on Facebook about your job and the company we feel it is better that, as you are not happy and do not enjoy your work we end your employment with Ivell Marketing & Logistics with immediate effect."
Miss Swann, 16, was stunned. She told the Daily Telegraph: "I did not even put the company's name, I just put that my job was boring. … Read more
The thrust of the new plan is that future changes in the Facebook agreements with users will be put up for open debate in a process of "notice and comment." The forum will be open to all Facebook users. If Facebook proposes a modification to a term of service that is uncontroversial or has limited feedback, it will get incorporated into the user agreement after a stated period of time. But if there's argument or division over a proposed change, users will be able to debate them and ultimately vote on updates to the Facebook agreements.
Zuckerberg called this new scheme the "governing document" of Facebook going forward. "Openness and transparency," he said, "isn't an end state. It's a process to get there."
Facebook will form a "user council" to discuss policies closely with Facebook. For the first council, Facebook said it would "invite the authors of the most insightful and constructive comments on the draft documents to serve as founding members of the group."(A truly open council would include members selected by the Facebook community itself, so perhaps we'll have elected Facebook representatives at some point.)
The new democratic Facebook governance was strongly influenced by the recent flap over the Facebook terms-of-service change. Zuckerberg said, "We took last week as a strong signal of how much people cared about Facebook and how much they want to govern it."
Zuckerberg also made it clear that the new governance applied only to fundamental issues of privacy and data ownership, and not the Facebook product itself: "There will be hundreds and thousands of product changes going forward, and that's not what we're talking about. This is about the rules and framework."
The Facebook Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (formerly the "Terms of Service"), now clearly states that Facebook does not claim ownership of user content, although the act of using Facebook does grant the company non-exclusive rights to do what it wants with the content. However, you can end that agreement by deleting items or leaving Facebook: "This license ends when you delete your content or your account," the Statement says.
Click here for the full proposed Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (Facebook login required), or read below after the page jump.
At a press conference Thursday morning, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company is taking steps to improve terms of service and its overall policies. Central to that move is involving users in decision-making. Webware editor Rafe Needleman explains.Listen now: Download today's podcast
On Thursday Yahoo rolled out deeper integration with Facebook as part of its SearchMonkey open semantic program. Now, when a person's public Facebook profile shows up in search results, there's a list of options on top that let you add them as a friend, send them a message, poke them, and see who they're friends with.
This (obviously) only works on Facebook profiles that have been made available for indexing by search engines, something Facebook introduced in late 2007. Users also have the option to opt out of getting their profiles indexed entirely.
One thing you can … Read more
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hosted a press conference that started at 11 a.m. PST Thursday to discuss "the new steps Facebook is taking to improve user understanding and ownership of the Facebook terms of service and, more generally, the policies of the Facebook service." The play-by-play is here. Facebook's full announcement is posted below as well.
Checking your Facebook page is, perhaps, the most important part of the day.
At least that was the mistaken belief of 19-year-old Corey Kinney. He wandered into a Starbucks in Bradenton, Fla., and noticed a man with a laptop. So Kinney asked him if he could borrow it for a moment to check his Facebook page.
The laptopper, Gary Lyman, was a little busy. History does not record whether he was checking his own Facebook action. Or whether he was enjoying some other significant online pursuit. But he told Kinney he could not spare his laptop for Kinney's social … Read more
MIAMI--Virgin used Alex Hunter's presentation at the Future of Web Apps to announce its new Virgin.com website, due to enter closed beta in the next six weeks. The new site will include a lot of social features that allow users to upload and interact with content published to various sections of the site. Sample sections include entrepreneurship and entertainment.
In addition to the new social features, Virgin is implementing an incentive system on the site to encourage users to upload and interact. Points earned through this system will go not only towards a user's rank on the … Read more
Brian Tong is here today, but even so, we STILL hate on the new Safari beta and even Snow Leopard...just a little bit. Plus, Tom drops by with his Kindle 2, Microsoft decides its laid-off employees can keep their money, and Vudu is selling HD movies. You know, if you want them.Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 917
Also, Steve Jobs is 54 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_jobs
Tim O’Reilly on why the Kindle should open up or die http://www.forbes.com/2009/02/22/kindle-oreilly-ebooks-technology-breakthroughs_oreilly.html
Microsoft backtracks on severance issue http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10170025-56.html… Read more
A new piece of malware making the rounds on Facebook falsely warns users that their friends have had problems viewing their profiles, posing a potential threat to users' personal information.
The rogue application, dubbed "Error Check System," displays an error message in the notifications section that reads "(Friend's name) has faced some errors when checking your profile View The Errors Message."
But the warnings are fake and a viral attempt to spread the application and recruit more Facebook users, according to Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant with Sophos. While saying that there is no … Read more