Your thoughts, your pictures, your daily life ... maybe it's your journal, or your diary. Do you own it? Should you? Facebook backed down last month when people said its user agreement gave it ownership of users' pictures.
Anita Campbell started me thinking about this yesterday, with her post on digital sharecroppers.
Is your life on Facebook? Twitter? Your blog? Or, perhaps, this question instead: who's making the money?
Facebook makes money off the ads it puts on your page. Twitter intends to make money some day; in the meantime, it builds users.
When I post on this blog, at least, my writing is mine; and the ads you see here are for my own work. When I post on other blogs, like Up and Running, or Huffington Post, I get satisfaction, somebody else gets ad revenue. What about your blogging?
Me? I'm okay with it. Facebook and especially Twitter feel to me like I'm connecting with friends, I like it, I do it on purpose, and I'm not concerned with protecting rights or intellectual property. Actually I'm grateful for the platform. My blogging on the big sites gives me a voice, and that's worth it to me.
How about you? Is it working for you? It's a question worth asking.