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Photos for Nonprofits

Talking to a small nonprofit looking to get started on Social Media recently, the executive director told me that she’s trying her hardest to get comfortable with Flickr because she knew that it was the place for photos and social networking.

Immediately, I thought to myself: “Wait. Is it?” It seems that more and more Facebook is becoming the place for photos. So I began to wonder whether or not Facebook was taking Flickr’s trick and doing it better. I posted the question on Aspiration’s Facebook Wall, got a lil’ conversation flowing and got some insightful responses:

So I thought I’d move the conversation to the blog and see if anyone else has anything to add. What do you think about Facebook vs. Flickr vs. Picasa with regard to nonprofit photos?

What is your experience with these tools?

Do you think that Google is slowly putting together the ultimate “social-network-that-doesn’t-call-itself-a-social-network?”

Some interesting related links:



  • http://thefoodproject.org/ Joe

    We just wrestled with this question last year when redesigning our website, and settled on using Flickr for the vast majority of photos.

    Part of the reason is that, while photography isn’t a core part of our mission, we have a few avid photographers & Flickr users on staff, so it’s a familiar tool.

    The other reason is the ease of integration — we put together a custom widget using the Flickr API with just a little work, and occasionally link to a Flickr slideshow.

    After half a year running this way, no complaints — we’d make the same decision today.

  • http://thefoodproject.org Joe

    We just wrestled with this question last year when redesigning our website, and settled on using Flickr for the vast majority of photos.

    Part of the reason is that, while photography isn’t a core part of our mission, we have a few avid photographers & Flickr users on staff, so it’s a familiar tool.

    The other reason is the ease of integration — we put together a custom widget using the Flickr API with just a little work, and occasionally link to a Flickr slideshow.

    After half a year running this way, no complaints — we’d make the same decision today.

  • http://blog.socialsourcecommons.org/ Matt Garcia

    Hey Joe,

    Thanks for the feedback! It’s always way better to hear from an actual nonprofit that has taken the plunge with a specific tool.

    Out of curiosity, does your organization use Facebook for photos at all? Or do you keep the worlds separate, so to speak?

    peas,
    Matt

  • Matt

    Hey Joe,

    Thanks for the feedback! It’s always way better to hear from an actual nonprofit that has taken the plunge with a specific tool.

    Out of curiosity, does your organization use Facebook for photos at all? Or do you keep the worlds separate, so to speak?

    peas,
    Matt

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