Flickr Terms Of Service and Community Guidelines

I have become very involved with the photography website Flickr. Flickr is a very professional photo sharing website owned and operated by Yahoo!

Usually after reading the terms of service on most websites i get a little weary of if i would like to continue using the website, due to the fact that they say they can use your content in any way they like. This was not the case with Flickr. When researching Flickr it was a nice surprise to hear that you have the right to all of your photos and that they will not share them or use them for anything without your permission. It was also nice to see how they controlled content on the website. On Flickr there are three settings that you can set your photos to; “safe”, “moderate”, or “restricted.” Safe indicates that the photos you have uploaded are friendly enough for everyone to view, from your mother to your children. Moderate would be more like the PG-13 area of photos, if there are questionable photos they should probably marked moderate. Restricted are those photos that you definitely wouldn’t want your mother or your children to see, the artsy nude photos or the violent journalistic news photos we tend to unfortunately see more and more.   

I have noticed from using the website that if a security breach does happen and if they think it is a good idea for you to change your password they will send you an email to confirm this suggestion. 

The thing that I liked best about the terms of service was that it wasn’t written like the typical boring terms of service that turns people away. It had a very nice journalism type feel to it. It made me see that the website is very user friendly and makes it seem as if the website is based more around you instead of the corporation that owns it. This is a wonderful way to introduce someone to a website. 

In conclusion, I belive that Flickr is a wonderful website. It seems very safe and user friendly. Any website that can make their terms of service very entertaining and fun to read along with being very professional, safe and user friendly, is a good one in my book. 

 

Landon Hale 

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