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Our organization is interested in creating a Flickr presence and acquiring Flickr Pro accounts. Initially folks wanted to create a Pro account for our organization. However, after reading through the terms of services as well as various items on TechSoup, I now know that Flickr prohibits group or organizational accounts and requires individual accounts. That is their choice and they have their reasons. So I told my organization they we shouldn't do that. Naturally, they see other people doing it and want to know why we shouldn't just do it anyway. In response, I hoped to show examples of organizations using Flickr "the right way". However, I am having a surprisingly difficult time finding examples of active museums not using organizational or group accounts. For example, while Minneapolis Institute of Arts and The Walker Art Center created groups, they also created organizational accounts (minneapolisinstituteofarts, walkerart) and group accounts (WACTAC, Walker Shop's, etc..). Can anyone help me out?
Thanks in advance,
Faust GertzVesterheim Technology SpecialistEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: 563-382-9681 ext. 117Fax: 563-382-8828Web site: vesterheim.org
Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum523 West Water StreetP.O. Box 379Decorah, IA 52101
This question presents an interesting conundrum because, as you pointed out, there are many organizations -- museum or otherwise -- who have used Flickr as themselves for years. (In fact, TechSoup is one of them.)
But here is the great news: In February 2011 Fickr announced new community guidelines. This included the ability for organizations to create pages as themselves (which they had been doing anyway).
Read more about that in this article by the North of Boston Library, and check out Flickr's own best practices for business / brand pages.
I hope that helps!
Michael DeLong | Online Community Manager
Thanks! This is very helpful.
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