Holiday pics

After thinking some more about the question of whether or not to make fewer photos on Flickr public (Privacy on the Internet . . . and Me), I’ve decided that I’m going to make more of them friends & family only, especially those featuring people*. That means you’ll have to make a (free) Flickr account (they’re owned by Yahoo!, so you can use an existing Yahoo! account) and be friended by me in order to see them. And in order to be friended I need to know you in real life. Them’s the breaks.

There are ways that I can share the photos out to people without accounts, so I will probably do that with big events and parties. But for random occasional/incidental photos you’ll need a login. I am toying with the idea of making a guest account — something that folks who don’t have a Flickr accunt and aren’t interested in having one could use to get access to my photos — so let me know if you are intersted in this.

All that’s to say that I started this new system with the family holiday photos I just uploaded. I’m still debating on whether or not I want to go back and change the permissions on photos I’ve already uploaded. (I suspect this will happen some weekend when I’m bored. We’ll see.) So, consider this your warning that at some point, certain of my photo archives will disappear if you are not already a Flickr friend.

*Contributing to this decision was the fact that within a couple of days of writing that post I noticed that a photo of mine had been favorited by someone who was going around making a collection of photos where ladies’ pants were riding a bit on the low side. Luckily the gal in the photo in question was a stranger, but still. It appeared that at some point Flickr had deleted their original account, but they had created a new one and were going back and re-finding all their favorites. Ew.

6 thoughts on “Holiday pics

  1. I noticed that a pic of some slippers on my feet had been faved by someone who belonged to a group called, and I am paraphrasing here because I don’t remember exactly, “Sexy socks on sexy lady feet.” And I was squicked for a second or two and then I had to laugh because dude, it’s just my feet, and I finally decided I didn’t care. Everybody has a different comfort level though. 🙂

  2. A couple of years ago I posted a photo of one of the shoes for a wedding I was in – just the shoe, no foot in it or anything. And it got a comment from someone that was something along the lines of “those are so sexy, let’s see one with a foot, baby.” I deleted that. It bothered me a little, but what really bothered me was the possibility that a relative could come along and look at the photo and get the idea that I had made that comment, or that I knew the person who had made it (and whose photostream was a little on the rated R side) and it would then get around the fam. After all, my Mom one time got the idea that I was moving to LA and hadn’t told her because she clicked a link on my blog and wound up on the blog of someone who lived in LA and had recently gotten a new apartment. So some of it is just self-defense from family rumors. 🙂

  3. Obviously it’s your call, but it’s not so great for me because although I can see them on Flickr I can no longer get them through my RSS feed. So I’ll never know they’re there.

  4. I agree with Danielle, I pretty much won’t see what you post on flickr unless I take the effort to actually open flickr, click on my contacts link an seeing what you have posted.

    Sadly flickr doesn’t support authenticating for an RSS feed to get access to friends content.

  5. I had someone post a friend request on flickr as a result of seeing some of my food photos. I popped over to their flickr set and found lots of food photos, so I figured I’d go ahead and friend them. Then I kept getting pics of young, Asian ladies in just their underpants showing up in my “contacts” stream. I didn’t look too closely at the other dude’s photos, apparently. So I promptly unfriended them. It was weird.

  6. Gah, I hadn’t thought about the fact that no one would know they were there. I have enough friends on Flickr that I use the contacts page, but it makes total sense that you’re using the feed. I’ll have to rethink this.

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