I set up a Flickr account a couple years ago to mainly showcase pictures of my children. I kept all the pictures public because frankly, I didn’t really think anyone except friends, family and the occasional blog reader would look at them. Over the past couple of years, I have received a few comments from friends, a few contacts who have marked some of the pictures favorites and some pictures that have been viewed more than others, but nothing that threw up any red flags. Until today.
Flickr e-mails me when there’s been “activity” on a picture, like someone leaving a comment or marking it as a favorite. I got an e-mail this morning notifying me that a picture had been marked as favorite. However, I don’t know the Flickr user who “favorited” my picture. The picture in question is one of both the kids. They are dressed-up and in particular, The GMan is wearing some of his sister’s clothes & has a flower barrette in his hair. The Flickr user in question has no pictures posted of their own, only favorites of other users; mostly people…no mostly children…no mostly young boys dressed-up in girls clothes!! And after looking at the tags of the pictures that this user has posted, they seem to be targeting tags, titles, etc with the words: dress or dress-up! (Also doesn’t help that the prefix of the user’s e-mail address [the only identifying feature] is “nmonster”!) A quick glance at the picture of mine and one similar to it on my Flickr page showed that both pictures had over 300 views!!
So…to wrap this little anecdote up, I blocked that user and I’ve marked just about every picture of the kids on my account as “Private – friends & family only”. If you’ve been viewing pictures on my Flickr page without being a registered user, I’m sorry, but you’ll have to register an account (it’s free!) and add me as a contact. Then I’ll add you as friend or family (whichever applies, as long as I know who you are!) and then you can see those pictures again. I know this probably a false sense of security but it does make me feel better knowing that, for the most part, not just anyone can look at these pictures for their own weird fetishes (hello Googlers!).
Speaking of pictures.
Whenever I want to order prints of digital pictures I’ve taken, I use Wal-Mart’s handy-dandy photo center website. It’s always been fairly easy and cheap. Until now. A few weeks ago, I went to the website to order some pictures for a school project that JBelle was working on. When I go to the checkout section it told me that the Wal-Mart (#1) I normally use for pick-ups was no longer accepting on-line orders. No problem, there are two other Wal-Marts (#2 & #3) very close to me so I chose another one(#2), placed my order and went on to do something else. Shortly thereafter the phone rang and it was someone from the Wal-Mart(#2) photo lab saying they couldn’t accept on-line orders but that the third Wal-Mart(#3) in my area could. Number Two Wal-Mart said they couldn’t transfer the order but that they would cancel it. Okay, fine. I went back to the website and ordered again and paid again thinking I would get credited since the order was supposed to be canceled. Next day, I picked up my pictures, no problem. But…I never got credited for the initial order! Since it was a very small amount, I didn’t go to the trouble to try and get reimbursed. Then…two weeks ago I ordered a few prints and specified Wal-Mart #3 as my pick-up location. I got busy and distracted and a week went by before I went to pick up my pictures. They didn’t have them. But the very nice, very helpful photo lab clerk called Wal-Mart #2 (the one that had called me back the first time saying they couldn’t process on-line orders) to see if for some reason the pictures were there. They were! Though I couldn’t figure out why. Today, after being busy and distracted for another week I finally got over to Wal-Mart #2 to pick-up my pictures. Guess which pictures they had waiting for me? That’s right! The ones they told me they couldn’t process. And I still don’t have the ones I ordered (and paid for) two weeks ago!! All that to say, I gotta find a new place to get pictures printed!