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Waiting to Put it in the Oven

pork roast butternut squash and quote

Pork roast and butternut squash

I’m busy “waiting to put it in the oven” so I can get that pet contest posted but I’ve encountered a glitch. There are several photographers talking about a ‘new rule’ at Facebook regarding not doing promotions, contests, and such. Apparently they say people can have their account removed from Facebook for doing such things because these activities are allegedly against the rules / terms of service. Since I don’t want my business page deleted and because I don’t want to disappoint anyone who enters the contest, I decided to delay posting the launch of the contest until I can get more information. So our contest is still “waiting to be put in the oven.” I was up very late last night reading the terms of service at Facebook and found nothing at all about that. I also Googled and, other than finding some blog posts, could not find anything definitive. I see people conducting contests left, right, and center on Facebook but I do want to follow the rules if they are there.

Anyway, out of an abundance of caution, I am rethinking how on earth I can do this contest without creating hours of work keeping track of things. If any of you wonderful readers has some definitive information regarding these new Facebook rules, or has an uncomplicated way of conducting a pet contest through my blog, I’m open to hearing any and all suggestions. I’d really like to get this contest “in the oven”. I have one idea for conducting the entire contest here on the blog so if we don’t come up with solutions for using Facebook then I’m prepared to get started by running it here (trouble is I won’t be able to ‘show’ all the images that come in until the finalists are selected).

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Shelli - March 14, 2010 - 2:18 pm

I’m sorry I cannot help you at all. But I was wondering if you’ve heard how FB supposedly owns everything we post on it? My husband has listened to some tech podcast and one of the photographers apparently cancelled his account because of this.

Toni - March 15, 2010 - 12:45 am

Interesting what Shelli said. I’m so relatively new to FB that I have no clue on any of it. You could start a Flickr group, Diane, for people to submit the pet photos for your contest. You can easily import them here, or just link to it for people to check out.

Marcie - March 15, 2010 - 7:07 am

Well…you know I’m a newbie at this whole facebook thing. Wish I knew what to advise or to say..
But – I would LOVE to enter that contest..whenever you figure out how best to set it up!! Toni’s idea of a flickr account may be a good one!