The Computers in Libraries conference (an awesome conference, by the way) is experimenting with Swift, an “online community platform for conferences.” That’s great! It’s always fun to see a cool conference experiment with fun tools.
- “By posting User Content to any part of the Site, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to the Company an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part), transmit, and distribute such User Content for any purpose on or in connection with the Site or the promotion thereof, to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such User Content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing.”
- Me – I’m not giving my photos, tweets, and blog posts to a company that wants an “irrivocable, perpetual… license to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate… for any purpose…” Nope. IT’S MY CONTENT.
- It continues: “You further agree that you will not use the Site to … promote or generate revenue for any business or commercial purposes unless authorized by Company”
- Me – Ummm… I have this speaking and writing business. And my free content promotes ME, which DOES end up generating revenue. So nope. Can’t do it. For example, I’m writing a book for InfoToday. I’m also promoting my library…
- A little more: “Except for your own User Content, you may not and will not upload or republish Site Content on any Internet, Intranet or Extranet site or incorporate the information in any other database or compilation, and any other use of the Site Content is strictly prohibited.”
- Me – if I had signed up for the service, I couldn’t have republished parts of this ToS to complain. Nope, sorry.
But even without all that, I simply don’t see the need for it. Anyone who wants to can subscribe to my Facebook account, my twitter, flickr, and blog feeds, and my videoblog. They can find anything related to the conference via tags in each of these services plus Technorati. And aggregate it (except for Facebook) in one place (their feed reader of choice). So what does this service give me that I’m lacking? Anyone?