OK.. I have to say that I’m a bit bemused by Facebook at the moment. You may have read or maybe have already been a victim of Facebook’s new focus on killing cover photos on personal pages because they consider them to be commercial. I’d read about this latest Facebook snafu on Mashable just a few days back, but I never guessed that I would get whacked. Here’s the article. Now on my personal page I had the above cover image posted. I chose the image because it told the story of a honey bee that I had lifted out of the water during a recent paddle…
Saving the bee was a great story. After I lifted the bee out of the water, I set it on my spare paddle to let it warm up and dry off. Thus the picture. I continued to paddle across the lake until I came to a sun warmed boulder along the shoreline. I carefully moved the bee over onto the rock. I sat there for a few moments watching it shake off its wings before finally paddling off. Only a few minutes later a honey bee came flying up from behind our kayaks, did a few flybys, then landed on both of our kayaks in turn. After a few minutes of exploring our boats, it lifted off again and took off into the distance. Was this the same bee we had just saved a few minutes earlier? Was it saying thank you? Probably not, but it makes a nice story.
When Facebook pulled the cover image, it gave me no comment as to why, however when I went to try to restore it, I received this message;
“Pick a unique photo from your life to feature at the top of your timeline.
Note: This space is not meant for banner ads or other promotions.
Please don’t use content that is commercial, promotional,
copyright-infringing or already in use on other people’s covers.”
I went back and looked at the picture… It was then I realized that I had my Kokatat dragonfly sticker in the photo.. Really Facebook? Really?
Of course, since Facebook won’t tell you anything I can’t be sure that the removal of my cover image was directly related to the Kokatat sticker, but I sort of doubt it was the honeybee. Thing is, if that was enough to trigger their cover cops, we’re in trouble. I mean, almost every kayak, power boat, canoe, pfd, car, tent, shoe, ski.. you name it, has a logo on it. I guess the new rule will be no gear in your cover shot…
I don’t know. Maybe I’m crazy. Maybe Facebook just hates Kokatat.