Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Flickr Makes Me Cry *sigh*

If you are a content creator and post photos of your products with a link to your store on your Flickr account, you really should read this.

Ok, here is the dealio. Flickr deactivated my account WITHOUT WARNING. After weeks of writing them, I finally get a reply today saying that they purposely deactivated it because I was in violation of TOS.

"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." Ok, I wasn't selling anything...I was displaying my products which I've seen hundreds of content creators do, but ok.

So now I have created a new account "ZellyMornington" and a new group called Striking Poses in a Virtual World. I'm so sorry, but if you were a member of my old group, you will need to join this new one as the old one is dead.

Here is the link to the new group:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/striking-poses/

EDIT: I asked Flickr if I could appeal this decision and was told that once an account is deactivated it is completely wiped from their database. So be careful if you use Flickr to post your creations...once your account is gone, it's gone. :(

6 comments:

Green Dream said...

Well, in order for you to have been noticed above everyone else would be someone reported you, so either someone with a grudge or someone with a stick up their butts taddled.

I don't know of any major image-community that doesn't have a gripe about them. :/

Natasha Burke said...

Green has a point.

I'm sorry this happened to you. :(

justagirlinthevirtualworld said...

Zelly, I"m sorry to hear that but thank you for passing the info on - I know a lot of ppl wouldn't be aware of that at all
Noodle

Stella Stapleton said...

Wow, that's a bit scary! Most of us bloggers post our pictures of designer items on our Flickr pages. Sooo, does that mean we are selling too and are in violation. Eeps.

Antonia said...

Wow, I had no idea about this. Thanks for the heads up, and sorry that this happened to you!

slshopaholic said...

I've heard of this happening to many people actually, it's as if anything that is even linked to a source that may be a potential source of income is deleted if reported.

Such an overreaction...blah!