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| p.2 #7 · Stick with Facebook or create my own site? |
Re: terms of service. Personally I'd rather sift through this than this, but that's just me. If you read carefully then you will find that most major web hosts exercise the same level of control over your content as Facebook, if not more. For instance, Bluehost's terms of service states that:
"By submitting content and data to Bluehost, Subscriber grants to Bluehost, its successors and assigns, the worldwide, royalty-free, and nonexclusive license under Subscriber's copyrights and other rights, if any, in all material and content displayed in Subscriber's web site to use, distribute, display, reproduce, and create derivative works from such material in any and all media, in order to maintain such content on Bluehost's servers during the term of these Terms."
Facebook's data policy is not exactly novel. Most web hosters have similar indemnity clauses, warranty disclaimers, and notices that the terms of service can change at any time and without notice. Fortunately, Facebook's sheer size helps keep it on the radar of many users and consumer watchdog-type organizations, which is why even smaller changes to its terms of service tend to be news-creating events.
Optimally I would recommend both a website and a Facebook page. I would not recommend choosing between one or the other. The type of service that Facebook has set up allows you to control your content better than most other types of services. It also retains the option of the same or more control than most other types of services or hosting companies. That's just the tradeoff, and a billion users don't seem to mind all that much.
Also, for those who are wondering, Facebook provides downloadable backups for user accounts and stores several different types of backups for each account on its own servers -- if the data were so easily destructible then it probably would not be such a popular service for billions of photos.
Best of luck to everyone!