This is something thats been on my mind lately, especially with Facebook now floated as a public company. Online social networking is here to stay. Even if its something you just check once a day/week - its there and for some people plays at least a moderate part of their day-to-day lives. But... Is FB the be-all and end-all of social networking? Is there something out there that is better/safer/more respectful of users rights and content out there? Most of the major Social Networks are the same. You retain copyright over the content you post/upload/whatever, however the site reserves the right to use your content for whatever means they feel necessary. And not limited to selling it to 3rd parties. And this isnt just your posts and content, its your browsing behaviour, and all other statistics and data that can be born from this. But its not just Facebook. Google is well known to leverage all data and statistics gathered from their millions of users. Its even unsure if Google Chrome delivers back to Google these kinds of data. Google is actually one of the world leaders in, and invests considerable money into, data mining for this particular purpose. So, is there any way out? A few of us played with a new site, Zurker. The idea behind Zurker is almost a little Amway-ish. You gather "shares" in the company for everyone you invite. You can even buy shares with real money. But not only does the actual site require *a lot* of work still, there is just something a little bit scam-ish (although they go out of their way to try and convince otherwise) about it. The only truly open and secure (in theory) Social Network is/would be Diaspora. However after nearly 2 years of "work" I've yet to really see any signs of life from this project. So, people of CanberraRIDERS, whats the dealio? Do we just live with FB? Is there a network out there that has managed to go completely under the radar that ive missed?