Monday, July 16, 2007

Just Some Notes

I love Flickr. Living in Chicago, far away from most of my family & friends, it has been a great tool for keeping in visual touch. When Max was born, I thought nothing of putting photos of him up for all to see. I would watch the stats on each photo, and imagine all of our family & friends seeing his face and falling a little bit in love with our sweet boy. A few weeks ago I posted some photos of Max getting a bath and, as is typically the case when a baby gets a bath, Max was naked. And in some of the images his penis was showing. I didn't really think anything of it at the time, but when just the photos where Max's penis was showing were getting 3 to 4 times the views as the ones where it wasn't showing, I started to get a little creeped out that someone out there was looking at photos of my naked son and not just thinking "what a cute naked baby!" I guess I was a little naive. I have never been paranoid about the internet. I believe in the internet and in the goodness of the people of this world. But when I read this, it made me all the more certain that it is my job to protect my son & his image from getting into the hands of those who would exploit it. This is essentially just a long winded note to say that I have made all images of Max on my Flickr page private, and accessible only to family & friends. If you want to follow Max's progress on Flickr, just open a Flickr account and add me as a contact.


Blogger Krystin said...

Whoa - that is totally creepy. I guess it shouldn't surprise me... but still.

7:49 PM  
Blogger tracy said...

I hope that what happened to us informs others of the possibilities. I think this is such a wonderful, rich community and would not want to discourage participation, rather just ensure that we protect those who mean the msot to us! xo (p.s. Max is beautiful! Congratulations!)

3:05 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Tracy - I agree totally. I think I will continue to post some photos of Max here on my own blog - but limit his image on flickr. I think the way that someone found the bath photos on flickr was that I had them tagged with the word bath. Kind of a good lesson as to the power of tags. Thank you for the reminder...without it I may never have done anything about it, and I feel much better now knowing I can trust those who are viewing Max's photos.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

Ugh! Some people can be so foul. Luckily, to counteract that we have some really kick ass people out there, too.

9:19 PM  
Blogger beracahvalley said...

I happens to come to blog looking around since I am bored. Yes, it is creepy, there are a lot of weird people out there. We have to be careful.

10:16 AM  

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