Sunday, June 22, 2008

A Word of Wisdom Concerning Flickr

Hi Ladies!
So as many of you know, we are all blog buddies and Etsy Friends as well as we are Flickr Contacts.
I see many of you on Flickr and it's fun to stay on top of all the lovely creations you photograph and then list on Etsy.
I see some of you in direct conflict with Flickr's community guidelines and Terms of Service.
I want to share this information with you to spare you the heartache of having your account removed from Flickr's website. They have a warning in the guidelines that state very plainly:

Here’s the deal: In most circumstances, we like to give second chances, so we’ll send you a warning if you step across any of the lines listed below. Subsequent violations can result in account termination without warning.

Here are the 2 violations I see most often from The Cottage Style Street Team:

• Don’t use your account to host web graphics like logos and banners.
Your account will be terminated if we find you using it to host graphic elements of web page designs, icons, smilies, buddy icons, forum avatars, badges, and other non-photographic elements on external web sites.
• Don’t use Flickr for commercial purposes.
Flickr is for personal use only. If we find you selling products, services, or yourself through your photostream, we will terminate your account. Any other commercial use of Flickr, Flickr technologies (including APIs, FlickrMail, etc), or Flickr accounts must be approved by Flickr. For more information on leveraging Flickr APIs, please see our Services page. If you have other open questions about commercial usage of Flickr, please feel free to contact us.

So if you feel you might have violated those two guidelines, then I suggest you go back through all your photographs and make the changes. Many people just link to their shops or blogs in their profiles.
I hope this has been useful info for you!
~Sadie Lou


Connie said...

Yikes, I don't think I'm in violation but if you would be so kind to check me out I'd sure appreciate it. Thank you for the info also.

Alisa said...

Thanks Sadie!

Heather said...

Good reminders. A lot of people forget that its a no no to link to your shop or product from Flickr.

heidi said...

i have my blog address in my policies section, but it's not a direct link - is that ok?

SugarLoveHoney said...

Hmmmm..I don't know if I've violated or not! I don't spend that much time on Flickr (as i should), so I really have no idea!
Help :)

mary~snowflakeoneyelashes said...

Yikes, I think that pertains to me...but I am confused, do you mean we cant mention our shop in the description, but can say "see profile for link" ?

sue said...

What about tags? I was under the impression that you could put your shop name in a tag....I hope that's right???