September 07, 2007

Social Media User's Bill of Rights

Marc Canter, Robert Scoble, Mike Arrington and Joseph Smarr put together a Social Media User's Bill of Rights:

We publicly assert that all users of the social web are entitled to certain fundamental rights, specifically:

* Ownership of their own personal information, including:
o their own profile data
o the list of people they are connected to
o the activity stream of content they create;
* Control of whether and how such personal information is shared with others; and
* Freedom to grant persistent access to their personal information to trusted external sites.

Sites supporting these rights shall:

* Allow their users to syndicate their own profile data, their friends list, and the data that's shared with them via the service, using a persistent URL or API token and open data formats;
* Allow their users to syndicate their own stream of activity outside the site;
* Allow their users to link from their profile pages to external identifiers in a public way; and
* Allow their users to discover who else they know is also on their site, using the same external identifiers made available for lookup within the service.

My only quibble? I think the users should "co-own" so that there is no confusion that the sites we play on co-own a copy and so do we. And in some cases, depending on the TOU of the sites, when the data flows out, anyone else who reuses/remixes it can either co-own or have an open license.

But I still support it. Dabble's TOU has said these things from the beginning (co-ownership specified) and as we build out the one or two items on this list we don't yet have, we will follow the logic and make information available along these lines as well.

But overall, great work guys!

Posted by Mary Hodder at September 7, 2007 07:46 AM | TrackBack