Thursday, September 29, 2005

Flickr Innocence Lost

I usually don't go into detail about my private life (who would want to read that?), but after a good deal of deliberation, I've decided to go ahead and blog about this. Hopefully other won't make the same mistake I did.

A couple weeks ago, some sicko with a pregnancy fetish copied some of Krista's pregnancy pictures into his own Flickr account which contained various pictures of other pregnant women titled with fake names (the title on Krista's photo was "Emma"). He also commented on and tagged as "pregnant" some of the photos in our account. I only found out about it because he was clueless enough to add me as a Flickr contact. I guess he didn't realize rebranding pictures of the mother of my child as pseudo porn might piss me off. His account has been cancelled, but there's no telling who else is out there. The whole experience made me physically ill.

I originally made my photos public so friends and family wouldn't have to sign up for Flickr, but the convenience no longer outweighs the risk. I've made all of our photos private (with the exception of those in my blog badge). If you'd still like to see them, email me and I'll be happy to send you an invite, or you can just send me an invite from your Flickr account.


Blogger Patrick Lightbody said...

Dude that's hella lame. Sorry to hear. I think that type of stuff will become more and more common as the internet (and general "freedom" of information) becomes ubiquitous. Thanks, Google ;)

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, thats a total bummer. I've thankfully avoided that fate but I do from time to time get warnings from some of the other users about possible pedophiles, etc. I'm not sure there is a good solution to this problem except to allow the community to police the system.

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about that man.

I remember when I had my photos not password protected back in time.

My wife is a teacher, and one kid came in once saying "your nephew is really cute!".

At the end of the day everything was protected :/

7:57 PM  
Blogger jdg said...

how horrible. glad he's off flickr, but you hit the nail on head calling this "flickr innocence lost."

10:02 PM  
Blogger worldofhiglet said...

That's really horrible.

Okay, the person responsible has been dealt with (of sorts) but the cost to you and your family in terms of peace of mind must be big.

Sorry this happened to you and I hope it doesn't cloud your enjoyment of your family.

9:33 PM  

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