It's apparent how much of a stronghold social networking has on U.S. society when a story about Facebook changing its terms of service appears as the main story on baltimoresun.com. That would be equivalent to seeing a story about a credit card company changing the fine print in its terms and conditions, or your favorite cereal changing the order of ingredients on its new packaging.
What is even stranger to me is that even though I can understand people complaining about the change, which allows Facebook to retain photos and information even after a person has closed an account, it's not as if anyone is being forced to join Facebook. One user equated the online social networking giant to Big Brother. I wonder if the guy even knows what that means. Facebook is not the government. You don't have to join, and even if you do, you don't have to share any of your personal information with others. So ... what's the big deal?
Of course, after one day, Facebook reverted back to its old terms of service. For as long as I've used Facebook, the team seems to listen to its users and do what makes sense for all. It's not a complete democracy, but it is a free service to connect with others. I'm still not sure why this is big news, although I would be upset if they put too much canola oil in my cereal and left out the crisp rice altogether.