Owning my content

If Facebook goes bust, or perhaps more likely, ceases to interest me, how do I get all my content out? I’m mostly thinking about notes, photos and the like, but why not status updates too. Who’s to say real-time updates on my life don’t provide interesting reading in 10 years time? Or 20? Will they still be accessible then?

I’ve heard people say that real-time web updates are more like speech than written communication, hence archiving all those snippets is not important. There’s a big difference though, obviously — these written “soundbytes” are archived somewhere, just not on our own computers or in our diaries. Should we really be OK with Twitter and Facebook having total control over a significant part of our day-to-day communications about our lives? Would you be OK with your phone company announcing it could record all your phone conversations and do what it likes with them?

Anyway, it seems someone else has been thinking about the exact same thing, so do read this article if you feel like it: Who Owns Your Content? (by Chris Crum).

Feel free to leave a comment below, I’d like to hear other people’s opinions on this. Rest assured that you retain full ownership of your content! I reserve the right to delete any or all comments at a whim though! Or perhaps even start a lucrative T-shirt business with your blog comment on it.

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