My Brave Face(book)

In case you missed the news, Facebook has backed away from its new terms of use and reverted to its former policy. (Under the new terms, outlined over the weekend by The Consumerist blog, Facebook would have retained the right to use its customers’ content even after an account was terminated.)

I’m writing about Facebook’s about-face in my next column.

Meanwhile, I’ve been thinking about things I’d like to change on the social networking site.

They are:

— Profile pictures: They should be photos of the actual person, not a group shot or an eyeball. I’m OK with old scrapbook photos showing the person on a pony, swinging a baseball bat or looking geeky, as long as a profile page includes a photo of what he or she looks like now. I’m even OK with those Obamaesque red, white and blue tinted photos, if the photos are recent.

— Status Updates: These should be crafted to convey something about the person. I like updates that tell me something about hobbies, family, friends or interests. Bulletins that say you’re heading to the office Monday morning waste time, mine and yours. Tell me that you’re trying a new recipe or traveling to exotic places. "I’m heading to Safeway" doesn’t cut it.

— Mobile uploads: I’d like photos I send to Facebook by e-mail to post on my news page instead of my profile page. This may be possible now, but if so, it isn’t clear.

Finally … Time magazine did a piece on Facebook and how the baby boomers are taking over. Check it out:

Why Facebook is for Old Fogies

Also check the Facebook blog that explains its terms of use, which clearly state that all content created is owned by the creator, not Facebook.


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