Announcing Media 2.0 Best Practices

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User rights and data ownership are two of the most important issues facing all of the participants in the social web. Announcements such as Facebook’s recent TOS change were an eye opening, if not chilling reminder to everyone from Millennials connecting with friends to the  most seasoned media professional that control over the use of our content is not necessarily controlled by us.

In fact, it seemed that in the case of Facebook, cutting through all the legal language about  irrevocable and perpetuity that if you use Facebook they owned your face and your book. And so they do. But the content issue is not just about Facebook or social networking sites. It is about online content in general; once your content goes up on the interactive by definition web, like it or not, the web owns it. Hit publish, and your content lives irrevocably and in perpetuity. As Kate Swisher states it, “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it-that goes double on social networks.”

So, is that the end of it? Are we the people helpless in the face of the wild wild web? I don’t think so. And neither do my fellow participants in the Media2.0 Workgroup. In fact, the Media 2.0Workgroup under the leadership of Chris Saad and Stowe Boyd have developed an initiative focusing on the ethics of participation to create a community centric set of best practices.The participants to date are

Chris Saad, Khris Loux (On Behalf of JS-Kit), Eric Blantz, Stowe Boyd, Micah Baldwin (On behalf of Lijit), Brian Solis, Ben Metcalfe, Marianne Richmond, Jeremiah Owyang, Daniela Barbosa, Peter Kim, Loïc Le Meur (also on behalf of Seesmic/Twhirl), Deborah Schultz.

The specifics as they stand today from Chris Saad are here. You are invited to visit the site, mediabestpractices.com. You are encouraged to get involved.

The goal is  “to give publishers, emerging media platforms and individual participants an evolving set of ‘Best Practices’ to encourage open, democratic and transparent interaction.” And to provide for individual participants reasonable expectations for their own experiences.

As Brian Solis points out in his all too clear post Facebook and the Reality of your Online Content:

In the end, it is our responsibility to protect ourselves and our online persona. We must also realize that in the process of sharing and participating online, our content is shared within our seemingly protected inner circle of friends, but the reality is that it also potentially reaches the extended networks that connect our social graph and the graphs that link our friends of friends, their friends of friends, and so on. In the social web we are now brand managers.”

Key point, “In the social web we are now brand managers.” Manage your brand wisely.

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  • Toby February 27, 2009, 4:17 pm

    Excellent thought piece .. as usually. To take it one step further .. In the social web we are now brand mangers not only of our “business brands” but of our “personal brands.”

  • Marianne Richmond February 27, 2009, 4:22 pm

    So true….it’s very personal isn’t it?
    Thanks!

  • R. Mendez March 1, 2009, 12:15 pm

    I’ve tried to figure out what you mean by quoting, “As Kate Swisher states it, ‘You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it-that goes double on social networks’?” I don’t get the idea of what sounds like zero/sum times two, or maybe two times zero is somehow different than zero privacy? Not trying to be glib, but you did state something about ‘best practices’ and it seems that clarity ought to be the first one.

  • Marianne Richmond March 15, 2009, 12:21 am

    Thanks for your comment…sorry for the late response. What I meant by including this quote was that as it stands now, once you put content online whether it is on your own site or on a SNS, it is public and it can be scraped & used without attribution; and on social networks it is subject to the TOS/User Agreement of that network.

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