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Original Article (update at the end): 

There are a couple of newsworthy Facebook changes going on. The first would be changes to the social network’s terms of service.

As Chris Walters at the Consumerist has pointed out, Facebook has removed the part of its ToS that says, "You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time. If you choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will automatically expire, however you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content."

Facebook Terms of Service

That’s of particular interest given that the ToS still says in so many words that it owns your content. "Now, anything you upload to Facebook can be used by Facebook in any way they deem fit, forever, no matter what you do later," says Walters. "Want to close your account? Good for you, but Facebook still has the right to do whatever it wants with your old content. They can even sublicense it if they want."

Update: Mark Zuckerberg has posted about the changes to the ToS. He says Facebook would never use your info in a way that you wouldn’t want them to.

The second Facebook change comes to the profile pages for businesses. This one is probably a little less controversial, especially given that Facebook’s redesign went over pretty well. They are now giving a similar redeign treatment to these pages, taking them into more of a wall-and-tabs design reminiscent of the rest of Facebook.

Facebook Tabs

Justin Smith at Inside Facebook cites the following changes:

- The Wall tab, containing all the latest updates and Wall posts, will become front and center.
 
- Most static information will live on an “Info” tab, and most Photos will now live on a “Photos” tab.

- Most custom content and application boxes will be moved to a “Boxes” tab, though some narrow boxes can remain on the “Wall” tab.
 
- Page admins can add more application tabs to their Page if they so choose.

Page admins can also share status updates just like regular Facebook users. Smith provides a walk through with screenshots here. He says the changes could launch within the next few weeks.

Update 2: Facebook Pages Redesign is coming next week according to TechCrunch who cites "sources with knowledge of the product."

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  • Barry Schnitt

    Mark Zuckerberg has posted to the Facebook blog in an effort to clarify the issue: http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=54434097130

    • Chris Crum

      Thanks for the heads up Barry. I will post an update on the article.

  • http://www.indiesurf.com Darren Tan

    Thanks for the info.. :-)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/make-money_using-paypal Make money using Paypal

    Thanks for highligting that very important information. Now I know that everything I would submit to Facebook, I would need to choose very carefully. But Facebook should not be so very confident. They might just scare people away with these changes.

  • http://www.coffeerama.com coffee

    the fact that Facebook change their TOS back so quickly is like an admission that they knew they were wrong

  • http://www.guitarhype.com/ James Bauer

    Nice to know the redesign for facebook, done in next week and also change in term and conditions. It will be nice to see New Look of facebook.

  • http://www.petcareguide.org Andy

    Great update, any other new info on this article

  • http://www.lexolutionit.com Maneet Puri

    Facebook redesign?? Sounds cool.. wonder how the new look will be like. Any more updates on this??

  • http://youforexreview.com Eric

    Sound cool!

  • http://www.crearedesign.co.uk Adam

    I wonder what Facebook wants with all the user data anyway? Unless photos of people being drunk suddenly becomes a useful resource!

    At the end of the day people will still use the site regardless of its terms of use so they can write pretty much whatever they want!

  • http://www.thetruthsoflife.com Jarett

    With Facebook being as popular and used as it is, they could make almost any change they wish and hardly lose any users at all (if any). Tons of people whined and complained, and even threatened to leave Facebook, when the basic profile layout was changed to the tabbed format, and yet it’s pretty unlikely that many (or any) of them actually left for good.

    People are downright addicted to Facebook.

  • http://saptraining.com Sap Basis Training

    People hate change. I understand. But man, internet users seem to be a bunch of cry babies. Like everytime ebay raises a fee by 5 cents you’d think it was the end of the world. Facebook will look better and everyone will learn new functionality.

  • http://www.uycw.co.cc/ Young Web Wrld

    But i can see only minor change.

  • http://www.casinorefer.com/ directory

    The company also took a moment to note that change can be hard for some people.

  • http://www.internet-empire.com Seo Singapore

    It’s good that Facebook is not resting on their laurels as they strive to maintain their leadership position.

  • http://www.harmsen.net Leif Harmsen

    Why put yourself in the vulnerable position of having to trust Facebook or the like about anything when you don’t need to? When push comes to shove, Facebook will always win when it comes to anything at facebook.com with no argument. That is because facebook.com is Facebook’s website, NOT yours. It is not ‘your’ Facebook profile, it is Facebook’s profile about you. Facebook’s terms are its terms, NOT yours. Being Facebook’s website, Facebook is not practically bound by its own terms. Facebook’s ‘terms’ are of no value to you and are of concern to Facebook only as propagand. Facebook’s terms are not worth the virtual page on which they are written. It is time to grow up and get your own website and email at your own domain. Facebook.com is Facebook’s domain, and inasmuch as you establish your identity and social networks there instead of at your own internet domain you forfeit control over your online identity. You forfeit your integrity to Facebook. Facebook cheapens you. See http://www.harmsen.net/shut_your_facebook.html