Nice try, Facebook, and no one can blame you for giving it a shot. If Gimme Noise ran a social networking site that was 150 million strong, we'd be writing ourselves a cut of all those juicy profile pictures too.
Nerds worldwide took immediate evasive action. They angrily canceled their accounts by the thousands. They gorged administrative inboxes with fuming messages. And in a highly well thought-out ploy, even started a Facebook Group called "The People Against the New Terms of Service," a move that could be distantly compared to Al Qaeda setting up shop on the White Hosue lawn.
The level of discourse on Facebook might seem to be of such syntactical, intellectual, and spiritual unimportance that it seems inconceivable that anyone would really be upset that Facebook would lay claim to that picture of you singing Karaoke at Grumpy's, or the wall postings you made when your girlfriend lost her job.
The silver lining here is that, at long last, a living nerve has been found in a generation widely derided for its apathy and inaction. Here's hoping that this massive and rabid campaign might inspire similar action when it comes to things of more sweeping importance. Prop 8? The closing of Arts High? The signing of Joe Crede? There's no shortage of actual problems right in our own front yard. Since we're already up, let's get to work.