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Blogging and privacy

Someone had marked one of the photos in my flickr account as a favorite. I have since blocked them.

The flickr name of this person is linked to someone from my real life through their family. Not only is it linked to “this someone’s” family but there is a story behind this name that is tied to my past relationship with “this someone”.

It is not a common name.

I am not 100 percent sure that it isn’t just a flickr user not connected to my real life who happens to have this same name even if it isn’t common and liked this particular photo of me. However, it still made me feel uncomfortable given the name and the photo.

I put up photos knowing when I mark them as public the photos are public. I understand what that means. However, I would like to believe that “this someone” or “this someone’s” family are not poking around in my internet corners.


To all the bloggers out there (in case you haven’t stumbled upon it before):

Visit How to Blog Safely for information on how you can protect your privacy.

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  • Ginrod February 26, 2008, 3:35 pm

    The whole privacy issue has made me a little bit paranoid as of late. Remembering to make everything private or halfway private is easy to forget. Now, I use 2pad, which is an email-based photo and video sharing application (www.2pad.com). You pick individuals photos and share with personal contacts. I’m pretty pleased with it.

  • Alison February 26, 2008, 8:30 pm

    If memory serves, a person you’ve blocked can still see your Flickr photos, but can’t favorite them, comment on them, or leave notes and tags. Keep that in mind.

  • Pumpkin February 27, 2008, 7:40 am

    Thank you for the information. I did a quick search and you are right.

    Merde! Merde! MERDE!

    It really sucks because now I feel like I am caged. If it is who I think it is it was done as a manipulation. This person adores to do this sort of thing to people. They think it is funny.

    I will start putting even more photos as private for friends or family, now.

  • Alison February 27, 2008, 9:22 pm

    Pumpkin, that’s probably your best option. I’m sorry you’re going through this. It sucks.

  • might i add ... ? March 24, 2008, 8:13 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this is happening to you. I’m way behind on my reading (life is super-hectic right now), so I’m just getting to this.

    Have you thought about contacting flickr about it? I don’t know, but they might block that person’s access. But I guess it doesn’t help if s/he decides to take out another account.

    Hang in there!

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